Florida All-SEC catcher JJ Schwarz has a small break in his right hand and will miss the SEC Tournament, UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan confirmed Wednesday.
Schwarz took a foul ball off the hand Friday night during the Florida game at Mississippi State.
O’Sullivan said Schwarz will be re-evaluated after the tournament and No. 1 Florida (41-15) will go day-by-day with him.
The senior captain is hitting .325 this year with 12 homers and 46 RBI. The Saturday game in Starkville was the first one he has not started this year.
Freshman Cal Greenfield played catcher with Schwarz out against MSU. His is hitting .214 in 28 at-bats and hit his first home run in the loss Saturday to the Bulldogs. Freshman Brady Smith (.280, 2 homers, 13 RBI) can also play catcher.
The top-seeded Gators face No. 8 seed LSU (33-24) today at 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network) in the SEC tourney in Hoover, Ala. Weather delays have pushed back the start by an hour.