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Christian Walker (broken wrist) playing

6/27/2011

OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina first baseman Christian Walker is in the lineup for the opener of the College World Series finals despite a broken bone in his wrist that put his status in doubt until a half-hour before the game against Florida.

The school said in a statement Monday afternoon that tests confirmed Walker has a fracture of the hamate bone in his left wrist. He was injured Friday night in the Gamecocks' 13-inning win over Virginia.

Walker is batting .355 out of the No. 3 spot to lead the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks originally planned to have No. 1 pitcher Michael Roth play first base. But Walker was added to the lineup after he hit a couple of home runs in batting practice.