TCU Baseball’s super star slugger left Tuesday night’s game against ACU in the seventh inning, limping off with the help of trainer Danny Wheat after sliding into second base.
Luken Baker hurt himself going into 2B. He's down. Not good for #TCU.— Stefan Stevenson (@StevensonFWST) April 18, 2018
UPDATE: We now know the iniury is a broken bone in Baker’s left leg. He will be evauluated Wednesday, but, in the meantime, he is out indefinitely.
TCU Luken Baker injured his ankle at second base during the seventh inning and was removed from the game as Abilene Christian beat the Frogs 4 - 2 in Fort Worth, TX, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. @StevensonFWST pic.twitter.com/aSEmQvGtVq— Max Faulkner (@mfaulknerphotog) April 18, 2018
In a 2-2 ball game, Baker led off the seventh inning with a single. After an AJ Balta single, Baker was thrown out at second on Michael Landestoy’s fielder’s choice. Baker slid in awkwardly as he attempted to avoid the tag, and laid there for several minutes after. Head Trainer Danny Wheat helped him leave the field, and the junior first baseman limped off very slowly.
Baker has been snake bit when it comes to injuries since arriving in Fort Worth, missing games in each of his first two seasons. Baker, who initially came to TCU as a two way player, gave up his pitching career after ten starts due to an arm injury, and played just 47 games a season ago after suffering a gruesome upper body injury in a collision at first base against Oklahoma. The injury cost him a chance to play in the post-season, as he missed the run through the Regionals, Super Regionals, and College World Series.
Luken is hitting .309 through 30 games this season, leading TCU with nine home runs and 25 RBIs. He is coming off of a two home run game Saturday that included a grand slam, against Kansas.
Losing Baker for the stretch run would be devastating to a TCU club hanging by a thread in the postseason picture. With series against Texas Tech and Texas remaining, as well as sets against Baylor and WVU, the Frogs desperately need one of the most feared hitters in baseball in their lineup. Baker is draft eligible this summer as well.
We will keep you posted as more information becomes available, but for now, get well soon, big guy.