Laredo Lemurs pitcher Greg Wilborn said he expects to be out about a month after taking a line drive off his head in Friday’s game against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
“I felt fine, which was my main thing, I knew where I was,” Wilborn said before Saturday’s American Association game. “I knew how many outs there were and everything that had gone on.”
Wilborn left Friday’s game in the fifth inning after a Jose Garcia line drive struck him near his left eye that opened a cut.
Wilborn, who went to a local hospital, said he received 18 stitches, including five internal. He said a scan revealed no brain swelling or concussion. He did suffer a small fracture on the outer rim of the bone around his eye, Wilborn said.
“Hopefully, within in like a month or a little over I can be back out on the field,” Wilborn said. “I could have easily lost my eye if not worse. … It’s just a minor thing so I’m pretty thankful for that.”
Join The Forum’s Eric Peterson and WDAY sports director Dom Izzo as they welcome MSUM Dragon’s head basketball coach Chad Walthall into the studio. Final Four basketball is the topic of the day and Chad will share some of his unique insights.
The Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball enters this weekend having lost six of their last eight games, including back-to-back losses at Upper Iowa and Winona State last weekend.
“It’s the toughest part of our schedule combined with not playing our best basketball,” Dragons head coach Chad Walthall said of the recent stretch of losses. “We’re really at a point now of no return. We can go one way or the other. I really think this team is ready for this weekend. They are not satisfied.”
The Dragons (15-7, 9-7 NSIC) are tied for seventh place in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They host Augustana at 8 p.m. Friday and Wayne State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
“We’re not 7-15 so you have to look at it that way,” said Walthall, who pointed out his team had two overtime losses in that 2-6 stretch. “We had some deficiencies. … I do think we are not far away.”
Walthall said senior center Eric Olson will be inserted into the starting lineup this weekend to team with fellow senior forward Alex Novak on the front line.
“We are trying to do some new wrinkles,” Walthall said. “Eric is a senior and he has been playing well. Eric has been playing starter’s minutes anyways.”
Olson has been averaging 5.5 points and 5.7 rebounds off the bench this season, averaging 20.5 minutes per game.
“We’ve got to play well down the stretch and get hot for the (NSIC) tournament,” Walthall said. “To do anything we’ve got to win at home. We have to be playing better.”