LSU's Chris Sciambra
Photo by:Hilary Scheinuk, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Sciambra Diagnosed with Season-Ending Neck Injury
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Published: March 26, 2012, 04:05 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE -- LSU starting centerfielder Chris Sciambra has been diagnosed with a season-ending neck injury, coach Paul Mainieri announced Monday.

Sciambra, a freshman from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, suffered a non-displaced fracture in the C-1 vertebrae of his neck after crashing into the centerfield wall Sunday while trying to catch a fly ball in LSU's game at Auburn.

"The good news is that Chris' spinal column was unaffected, and all indications are that he's going to make a full recovery," Mainieri said. "He's going to have to wear a neck brace for three months, and he's out for the rest of our season and most likely for the summer as well. We're hopeful he'll be able to join us for practice this fall, and he'll be ready to go next season."

Mainieri said Sciambra, who is resting at his home in Baton Rouge, was eager to re-join his teammates as soon as possible.

"He said, 'Coach, are we practicing today? Do we have a meeting?'" Mainieri said. "I told him that he needs to take it easy for a couple of days, and maybe on Wednesday he'll feel strong enough to come over to the stadium.

"Chris is so valuable to our team in so many ways - a great player, a great student and a young man of character who cares about the right things. He grew up dreaming of playing for the LSU Tigers, and he was living that dream now in his freshman year. It's a shame that this had to happen, but Chris is going to recover from it, and we'll look forward to his return to the field."

 

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