Wyatt Langford, Florida All-American OF, to miss weeks due to severe groin injury
Wyatt Langford will miss the start of SEC play. The standout Florida outfielder was hurt when he fouled a pitch at the plate on Friday night in the Gators’ game against Siena.
Florida in-house writer Scott Carter transcribed Nick Belmonte’s SEC Network+ broadcast reaction to Langford’s foul ball:
“That’s one of those – I guess the best way to put this is – take a bunch of deep breaths. He saw that pitch up and said I’m going to take a hack at it. And unfortunately, it ended up where it did.”
Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan told media members Saturday that there is no timeline for Langford’s return.
“Wyatt, obviously, he was evaluated and treated by the doctors last night,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s going to take a little bit of time for him to get back. There’s really no timeline, but we will get him back. It will be soon, but things are going to take a little bit of time.”
CBS Sports reports Langford will miss weeks of action. In a since-deleted tweet, MLB Draft prospect reporter Joe Doyle reported Saturday that Langford would miss a month due to a severe injury in his groin.
I’ve deleted my last tweet out of respect for the student-athlete. We’re going to call it a lower-body injury moving forward. Obviously not a fun situation.
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) March 12, 2023
In 2022, Langford slashed .355/.447/.719 with an SEC-leading 26 home runs, tying a single-season UF record. He was named a first-team All-American by D1Baseball.
Langford picked up where left off to open his junior season. In his first 16 games, Langford hit .431 with 6 home runs, 7 doubles and 2 triples, collecting 18 RBIs. Langford entered the season ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the 2023 MLB Draft according to CBS.
Without Langford, O’Sullivan inserted senior OF Richie Schiekofer into the lineup as the Gators won 11-0 in 7 innings to improve to 14-3.
No. 6 Florida begins SEC play on Thursday when Alabama visits Gainesville for a 3-game series.
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