in town for free camps
Article on annarbor.com quote's RR saying Odoms and J.T. Floyd might possibly practice before the Gator Bowl
Rodriguez said Monday he expects many of the players injured before or during the loss to Ohio State will be recovered in time to play in the Gator Bowl.
He expects Martin (ankles), Darryl Stonum (ankle) and Junior Hemingway (head) to play against the Bulldogs.
Linebacker Mike Jones (leg), cornerback J.T. Floyd (ankle) and receiver Martavious Odoms (foot) are still out, although Odoms and Floyd could practice shortly before the game.
It will be great to see our plague of injuries healing up. Even better if Floyd and Odoms can get in the mix. My only question is if they will be practicing for practicing sake or does this mean they have a chance to play?
P.S. I did not post link because the beginning of it has write up on coaching controversy and I don't want this thread turning into another one of those...
P.P.S. Here is the link. By clicking on this link you have taken an internet oath not to talk about anything related to CC. If you do, I hope you are sent to Boliva and rabid guinea pigs roam your new dwelling. Credit is due to original story.
Woolfolk on his recovery:
@mudekwu yea I could be ready by then [to play in a bowl game] for sure, BUT the question is will I be able to play without burning my redshirt
Fairly certain that playing in the bowl game would burn his redshirt, but it's good to see the progress update. Hopefully, this means he'll be full steam for spring practice and summer workouts.
It's going to be tough for him to stand healthy on the sidelines during the bowl game, but I think it's far more important (for him, the team, my sanity next year) that he maintain his redshirt.
The O-Zone is reporting that Alex Wimmers, OSU's ace, and Big Ten POTY candidate may be out for the rest of the weekend if not longer.
The really bad news was that pitching ace Alex Wimmers was unable to perform when he injured himself warming up for the game.
"He was warming up and he said he heard something pop in his hamstring," said OSU Head Coach Bob Todd.
"He was warming up, just stretching and moving around, and he heard something pop and it's a hamstring injury. It's a strain," said Todd.
"I'll give him credit, he tried to go out and warm up and pitch and it was just too painful. I've been doing this 38 years and I've never had a pitcher pull a hamstring warming up. This is the first in my life. It's freak. He was just stretching," Todd said.
"We're going to go back and evaluate, but it's slim and none," said Todd when asked if Wimmers could pitch yet this weekend against Michigan.
Hamstring pull could have him out weeks, and the article goes so far as to say the rest of the season. While this is good news for Michigan bats this weekend, you never want to see a player get injured. Wimmers is (was?) a near lock for a first round draft pick this summer. With the injury, that may drop him a little bit.
The Daily's Ben Estes reported today that Derek Dennis has been injured since Tuesday of the Notre Dame series. The nature of the injury remains undisclosed, but it is a day-to-day issue and he is expected back in time for the Ohio State series this upcoming weekend.
Baseball America is reporting that the injury is indeed a broken thumb:
Michigan junior outfielder Ryan LaMarre, a third-team preseason All-American, will miss four to five weeks with a broken thumb, Wolverines coach Rich Maloney told Baseball America this afternoon. LaMarre suffered the injury saturday, when he dove for a ball in the outfield and landed funny. Maloney said it was a clean fracture, so LaMarre should not be affected long-term.
"It's a tough blow for everybody," Maloney said. "It's not fun having your star player out when you're playing the toughest schedule you've ever played—you can't replace what he brings. It is what it is; we'll go back in and claw and battle and fight, and he'll be back for Big Ten play."
This, well, this sucks. It goes on to discuss the same left field by committee I've mentioned previously, with primary backup first baseman Garrett Stephens looking like the first option so far.
The loss will be huge with the BigTen/BigEast Challenge, the UNC series, and the Coastal tournament over the next three weekends.If the five week schedule holds in place, that makes him available for the opening weekend of BigTen play. From there, it's a question on how effective he'll be after that long of a time off.
For those of you who paid attention last year, this is quite similar to the Berset injury suffered sliding head first into second base. Berset broke his thumb in the second weekend of the season at Jacksonville (March 1) and would not return until April 15. That's close to what we're looking at right now.
(Both screen grabs taken from Texas Tech's stream of the game)