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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

KU third baseman Thompson to miss 4 to 6 weeks with knee injury

Junior won Big 12's Triple Crown last season

Kansas University sophomore third baseman Tony Thompson has emerged as the Jayhawks’ most powerful hitter this season. He is pictured on May 7 at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas University sophomore third baseman Tony Thompson has emerged as the Jayhawks’ most powerful hitter this season. He is pictured on May 7 at Hoglund Ballpark.

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KU's Thompson out with injury

KU baseball's Tony Thompson injured his knee and will miss four to six weeks while he recovers. Thompson is a pivotal player for the Jayhawks at third base.

Kansas baseball third baseman Tony Thompson will miss four to six weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture in his left kneecap.

Thompson, a 6-foot-3 junior from Reno, Nev., fouled a pitch off his knee during practice last week.

“Obviously it goes without saying that this is a devastating way for our team to start the 2010 season,” KU baseball coach Ritch Price said in a release. “The good news is that Tony will not need surgery, and he will be back in our lineup prior to the start of Big 12 Conference play. Our team will need to come together and find a way to survive until we can get Tony healthy and back on the field.”

Thompson was a unanimous preseason All-America selection and also was the preseason favorite for Big 12 Player of the Year. He won the conference’s Triple Crown last year, leading the league in batting average (.389), home runs (21) and RBIs (82) before earning All-American status in three different publications.

“It’s unfortunate that this happened, but it’s better to have it happen now rather than in the middle of the season,” Thompson said. “I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field before Big 12 play starts and helping my teammates win games.”

KU will open the 2010 regular season on Feb. 19 against Eastern Michigan at Hoglund Ballpark.

Comments

JayhawkRock 10 years ago

Ouch this sets us back quite a bit.

Topcitykid10 10 years ago

Wow last week McCray and this week Thompson, I hope Collins doesn't get one

Otownhawker 10 years ago

topcity. why would you even say that. u want him to get hurt dummy?

David Reed 10 years ago

Otown:

I think you read into his comments wrong

Dyrk Dugan 10 years ago

yes i agree.....topcity isn't wishing anyone to get hurt...he's wondering, like all of us, what the heck is in the water in Lawrence?

we need TT and his power....i just hope he gets back like Coach Price thinks he will. rehab hard son...rehab real hard....we need you!

John Myers 10 years ago

I think Otown is just sayin' don't jinx us by even mentioning the possibility.

Topcitykid10 10 years ago

I'm not trying to jinx KU but when everyone saw this article it was in the back of everyone's mind. Of course I dont want Collins to get hurt, KU needs him for their run to the title.

sevenyearhawk 10 years ago

D-Mac and Tony Thompson both played on Olympic squads in the off season ...

Collins did not, but Tyshawn Taylor did.

You have to wonder if all that extra activity was a contributing factor.

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