Injured UGA Outfielder To Have Neck Surgery

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ATHENS, GA – A University of Georgia outfielder who hurt his neck in a collision with a teammate will have to undergo surgery. The Georgia athletics department says Dr. Kim Walpert of St. Mary’s Hospital will perform surgery Monday on Johnathan Taylor’s neck.

Taylor suffered the injury in a head-to-head collision with Zach Cone while both players chased a line drive in the third inning of a Sunday game against Florida State. Cone left the field under his own power, but medical staffers placed Taylor on a stretcher with his neck stabilized in a brace.

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The team canceled a scheduled postgame autograph session for children, and coach David Perno didn’t make a regular appearance on radio.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com