COLUMBIA - No surgery will be required to repair a stress fracture in sophomore second baseman Max Schrock's back, South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said Tuesday.
Schrock was in and out of the Gamecocks lineup through the second half of the season as he battled the back injury. He was able to play in the NCAA Columbia Regional, named to the all-Regional team after batting .500 with a regional-high eight hits. By the end, Schrock could barely walk the bases.
Holbrook said Schrock visited an out-of-state back specialist last week.
"He got a really good report," Holbrook said. "No surgery will be needed. He needs rest. He will take this summer off, stay off his feet, do a lot of physical therapy and rehab. The doctors are very optimistic he'll be 100 percent ready to go this fall."
Despite the injuries - Schrock also battled an ankle injury and illness this spring - it was a breakout season for the sophomore. Schrock batted .299 with five home runs, 20 RBIs and 26 runs in only 35 games.
Schrock also had some of the Gamecocks biggest hits of the season. Twice he had two-out RBI hits to send games to extra innings, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth against Ole Miss in March.
Most players pass their summers playing with traveling teams. Schrock won't have that chance, but he's one of the few who doesn't really need the extra at-bats. Holbrook said Schrock is capable of producing All-American stats when healthy. If things go according to plan, fans will get a chance to see that next season.
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