Ratajczak a game-time decision for U of L

Nick Ratajczak

Some potential bad news out of the University of Louisville baseball camp as senior second baseman Nick Ratajczak is nursing a shoulder injury heading into the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend against host Vanderbilt. U of L lists Ratajczak as a game-time decision for the 3 p.m. opener on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

The injury bug has hit the University of Louisville baseball team at the wrong time, the day before the NCAA Super Regionals.

U of L senior second baseman Nick Ratajczak is nursing a shoulder injury and is listed as a game-time decision for the series against the Commodores, according to a U of L team official.

"I feel bad for the kid," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said of the injury.

Ratajczak is a third-team All-Big East Conference performer and was named to the All-Regional team last weekend in the NCAA Tournament. He has started all 61 games as a senior, hitting .287 with two home runs and 34 RBIs.

A former junior-college transfer, Ratajczak has started all 124 career games.

Sophomore Zach Lucas is one of the options for the U of L staff to put in there at second base, while junior Alex Chittenden is also an option. Lucas started 43 times in the infield last season, while Chittenden started 36 times as a sophomore.

A third option could be moving Ty Young, a second baseman before he was moved to third after losing out to Ratajczak in the preseason last year. Young could move back to second and Chittenden would then play third.

This story will be updated.

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