[UPDATE] Georgia Outfielder to Have Neck Surgery

By: AP, UGA Sports Communications
By: AP, UGA Sports Communications

Johnathan Taylor Going To Shepherd Center In Atlanta

Athens, GA - University of Georgia junior outfielder Johnathan Taylor will move to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta later this week to continue his rehabilitation after being injured during Sunday’s baseball game with Florida State.

Taylor, a 5-8, 181-pound native of Acworth, Ga., underwent neck surgery to stabilize his spine Monday at St. Mary’s Hospital.

A website where individuals can send Johnathan messages and check for updates has been set up by the family. To send a note to Johnathan and the family, please visit:www.caringbridge.org/visit/Johnathantaylor.

The son of Tandra and John Taylor, Johnathan has appeared in 117 games in his Bulldog career including 91 starts. He owns a .312 career batting average. A Consumer Economics major, he was named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2009 and the UGA Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in 2010.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to J.T. and his family during this difficult time,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “J.T. is very tough and that is going to help him during his recovery.”

The Bulldogs will embark on a nine-game road trip starting Tuesday at Mercer and includes a weekend trip to California for games against UCLA, USC and Saint Mary’s.

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Johnathan Taylor To Undergo Neck Surgery Today

Georgia Sports Communications

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2011

ATHENS------University of Georgia junior outfielder Johnathan Taylor is scheduled to have neck surgery Monday afternoon at St. Mary’s Hospital here in Athens. Dr. Kim Walpert will lead a team of neurosurgeons, and an update on Taylor’s condition will be released following the surgery.

Taylor, a 5-8, 181-pound native of Acworth, Ga., sustained a neck injury during this past Sunday's baseball game against Florida State. He was involved in a collision with junior outfielder Zach Cone to end the top of the third inning. On the play, both made a diving attempt on a baseball hit by Devon Travis, and Cone made the catch. While Cone eventually left the field under his own power, Taylor was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for tests.

Taylor has appeared in all 11 games this season with 10 starts. The Bulldogs will embark on a nine-game road trip starting Tuesday at Mercer, followed by a game against Alabama at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville on Wednesday and then fly to California for games against UCLA, USC and Saint Mary’s.

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) --

A University of Georgia outfielder who hurt his neck in a collision with a teammate will 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.

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


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