UL second baseman Kasuls has broken nose repaired

Tim Buckley
The Daily Advertiser

Starting second baseman Hunter Kasuls, UL’s top hitter this season, is recovering from surgery to repair his broken nose.

Kasuls had a deviated septum and underwent surgery Wednesday, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux told The Daily Advertiser through a team spokesman.

The senior was injured during 1-6 UL’s loss at Louisiana Tech last week.

Despite the injury, Kasuls started all three games of UL’s non-conference series last weekend at Sam Houston State.

The Cajuns dropped all three games of the series.

It remains to be seen if Kasuls will be back in the lineup when UL plays host this weekend to Maryland for a three-game series that opens Friday night on M.L. “Tigue” Moore at Russo Park. It also remains to be seen who will start at second if Kasuls can't go.

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UL second baseman Hunter Kasuls hustles down the first base line against Texas earlier this season.

Any injury to Kasuls or starting shortstop Hayden Cantrelle, in fact, was one of Robichaux's biggest concerns heading into the year.

“The middle of the infield is gonna be the area where it’s gonna be pretty stable," he said before the season began, "but we have to stay healthy there.”

There is no timetable for his return, Cajuns spokesman Josh Brunner said.

Kasuls — from Foster High in Richmond, Texas — is hitting .387 with a double, a triple, a homer and two RBIs through seven games so far this season.

A few other Cajun injury updates:

» Backup catcher Sebastian Toro, a juco-transfer, “tweaked” a knee last weekend at Sam Houston but has no ACL injury, Robichaux said through the Cajuns’ spokesman.

It’s possible he’ll be able to play this weekend against Maryland, according to the Cajuns.

Toro — hitting .286 in three games — has been backing up starter Handsome Monica, who missed most of last season with a knee injury and underwent subsequent Tommy John surgery.

The Cajuns have a third catcher on their roster — Kole McKinnon, who worked every game last season after Monica got injured in UL’s 2018 opener at Texas.

McKinnon made his season debut, and Monica was the DH, in the Cajuns’ loss Sunday at SHSU.

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» Relief pitcher Austin Bradford, dealing with an ulnar collateral ligament-related elbow issue, was scheduled to be re-evaluated Thursday, the Cajuns said.

A serious UCL injury is one typically repaired by Tommy John surgery; a less-serious one can be healed via rehab.    

Bradford (0.00 ERA, one save in 1.2 innings over three appearances) began the season as UL’s top closer, but the juco-transfer from Franklinton High and LSU-Eunice did not work in UL’s weekend series at Sam Houston.

More on his status may be known this weekend.

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» Juco-transfer pitcher Brandon Young, who was dealing with a labrum-related shoulder cartilage injury coming out of Howard College in Texas, has no new injury or re-injury, according to the Cajuns.

Young (15.0 ERA, 0-2) did not make it past the second inning of his first start as a Cajun, a loss to Texas.

He no longer is in UL’s starting rotation, but Young did work the final inning — and gave up a run — in a 9-8 loss Saturday at Sam Houston.

With Armstrong hurting and Young struggling, Robichaux has said he plans to “rearrange” UL’s bullpen for the Maryland series.

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» Ace Gunner Leger still is expected to start on the mound Friday night against Maryland.

Leger missed his scheduled start at Sam Houston last Friday night due to minor inflammation in his throwing arm.

The 2017 Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year sat out last season after undergoing partial Tommy John surgery and an addition surgery to remove a calcified cyst from his left leg. He went 5.0 scoreless innings in his season debut against Texas.

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