Ole Miss baseball's Tim Elko, who leads the SEC in RBIs, tore his ACL, could return this season

Nick Suss
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

OXFORD — Ole Miss first baseman Tim Elko has a torn his ACL, coach Mike Bianco said on the Rebels' pregame radio show Tuesday afternoon.

Elko, who leads the SEC in RBIs this season with 36, injured his knee in Monday's win against North Alabama. The senior is hitting .340 with a .444 on-base percentage and a .660 slugging percentage. His nine home runs lead the Rebels. 

Bianco said on the radio show that Elko's injury will require surgery at some point, but the decision has not been made on when the surgery will be. In the interim, Elko will rehab and take anti-inflammatory medication to try to reduce the swelling. If the swelling goes down and Elko can handle the pain, Bianco said there is a possibility Elko will be able to play again before the surgery with the help of a knee brace.

Ole Miss' doctors will reevaluate Elko "in a few weeks" according to Bianco.

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With Elko injured, expect Ole Miss to turn to senior Cael Baker and sophomore Trey LaFleur at first base. Left fielder Kevin Graham also has experience playing first base.

Ole Miss has a marquee series against No. 2 Arkansas in Oxford this weekend beginning Friday.

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