AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn catcher Ryan Jenkins will undergo surgery today to insert a pin in his fractured right hand and is expected to miss at least a month.
The senior suffered the injury during a scrimmage on Saturday.
“Ryan had a great fall and had carried that over into the preseason,” first-year Tigers coach John Pawlowski said. “We will miss his leadership on the field, but that gives others the opportunity to step up.”
A strong defensive player, Jenkins batted .319 his sophomore year but hit just .233 last season with 18 RBIs in 38 games.
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Ryan Caldwell and Caleb Brown are expected to take his place.
Caldwell, a sophomore, batted .270 with nine doubles and 10 RBIs in 29 games last year. Brown is a freshman out of Saks High in Anniston, Ala.
Auburn opens its season Friday against Elon at Plainsmen Park. Game time is 4 p.m.