An update on USC baseball injuries

nwhite@thestate.comApril 18, 2014 

South Carolina Gamecocks third baseman Joey Pankake (9) grimaces in pain after injuring a leg fielding a slow roller in the fourth inning of the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators. The Gamecocks lost the game 6-5 and the series 2-1.

JEFF BLAKE — jblake@thestate.com

— The South Carolina baseball team’s injury issues are expected to linger through the weekend against Auburn.

Second baseman Max Schrock, who left Wednesday’s game against The Citadel in the fourth inning with a sore back after missing the previous the previous four games with a virus, isn’t likely to play in the series.

Third baseman Joey Pankake, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, practiced Thursday in Auburn. The coaching staff is hopeful that he will be able to play Friday.

Shortstop Marcus Mooney, who has missed the last two games with a concussion, is definitely out Friday and Saturday, but his status for Sunday is still to be determined.

Right-fielder Connor Bright, who suffered a hyper-extended elbow last weekend and missed the two midweek games, had the injury examined again, and the results showed no ligament damage. He is listed as day-to-day.

And reliever Vince Fiori, who had to leave The Citadel game with a strained lat muscle, did not make the trip to Auburn.

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