White Soundoff: Absences stymie USC team’s growth

Posted on April 27, 2014 

Connor Bright

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina hasn’t reached the point where its string of injuries and illnesses are in the rear-view mirror.

Second baseman Max Schrock wasn’t placed on the 27-man roster for the Alabama series due to his back injury. Right fielder Connor Bright, who is working his way back from a hyper-extended elbow, had to leave Friday night’s game when he became ill and was taken to the hospital. And left fielder Elliott Caldwell played Saturday despite a stress fracture in his back.

“Connor had a reaction to something last night, we don’t really know,” USC coach Chad Holbrook said. “He was probably in the hospital emergency room until about between 1 and 2 o’clock. He left the game very sick. It wasn’t his elbow per se that caused him to come out of the game last night.”

Bright didn’t dress Saturday, and he had his arm in a sling. He looked more refreshed to Holbrook after the hospital trip.

“He was shook up last night,” he said. “I was shook up looking at him. The last four or five innings, I really couldn’t concentrate on the game because I was worried about him.”

Holbrook looks forward to the day when all of his players are healthy because he likes the composition of his team.

“I think we have a chance to be a great team if we can get our guys back,” Holbrook said. “If we can get Schrock and Bright in there, I think we become a little bit more offensive. If our pitchers are going to be there the rest of the year, I think we’re tough to handle.”

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