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Razorback shortstop Battles has shoulder surgery

by Matt Jones | August 27, 2021 at 11:20 a.m.
FILE -- Arkansas infielder Jalen Battles (4) throws to first, Saturday, June 5, 2021 during the eighth inning in the second game of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)

Arkansas shortstop Jalen Battles underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday but is expected to be available for the 2022 season.

Battles dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder while playing summer baseball in San Antonio, said Oliver Grigg, spokesman for the Razorbacks. Battles rehabbed the injury and wore a sling as a precaution after returning to Fayetteville earlier this month, but opted for surgery after undergoing an MRI last Friday.

Battles won't face live pitching when Arkansas goes through fall practice beginning next week, but he is expected to be cleared to swing a bat again by the end of the year.

Battles batted .269 with 6 home runs and 43 RBI this year at Arkansas after transferring from McLennan (Texas) Community College. Battles started 61 of the Razorbacks' 63 games.

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