LUBBOCK — Former Clovis High standout Jason Seefeld, projected to be Texas Tech’s starting shortstop next season, is scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and likely will miss at least the first two months of the 2008 campaign, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported on Monday.
Seefeld, a senior for the Red Raiders, had a breakout season in 2007 after taking over second base for the injuryed Wilie Rueda. In 97 at-bats, he hit .289 with one homer and 15 RBIs while handing 127 of 130 chances in the field, a .977 fielding percentage.
Tech opens the season at home against Northern Illinois on Feb. 22.
“Bad stuff happens, and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Seefeld told the Avalanche-Journal. “I’m just trying to get healthy, and that’s all I can do right now.
“As far as the time frame, I don’t know what we’re looking at. I’m just trying to work as hard as I can. They say the harder you work the quicker you get back, so that’s where my mind is at right now, just working hard every day.”
The injury accured during fall drills when Seefeld leaped for a line drive and came down wrong on the Astroturf at Lubbock Christian’s Hays Field, the paper said. The Raiders were practicing at LCU while field turf was being installed on their own playing surface.
Seefeld played in the wood bat Texas Collegiate League over the summer. He helped the Wichita Falls Roughnecks win their division title, hitting .306 with four homers, 23 RBIs and six stolen bases.