LSU avoided a scare at the Baton Rouge Regional Friday, as freshman shortstop Alex Bregman and senior left fielder Raph Rhymes collided in the fourth inning of the Jackson State game catching a fly ball in left field.
Both Bregman and Rhymes walked off the field under their own power, but had blood coming from noses and cuts. Both players were replaced in the lineup.
Rhymes received three stitches above his lip while Bregman was taken to a local hospital where he was evaluated by doctors.
Bregman was given a CAT scan and a concussion test. Bregman passed the concussion test.
Bregman says his cheek does not appear to be fractured and his vision is fine and he's not feeling dizzy. He also has gashes on his cheek from Rhymes' teeth.
"It's a lot better than I expected it to be," said Mainieri.
Bregman was re-evaluated Saturday morning before he was given the go ahead to play in the game against Sam Houston State.
"I think he'd have to have a bone sticking through his skin to come off the field, that kid," said Mainieri.
While Rhymes only got stitches, he was also be re-evaluated before given the all clear to play Saturday night.
"We would never put a player out there on the field that was in any degree at risk for a safety reason," Mainieri added.
The Tigers' coach says the collision occurred because of a lack of communication between both players who called for the ball.
"We need to communicate better in the future so we both aren't out of the line up," Bregman said.
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