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MSU Baseball Feature: Taking Care Of The Task At Hand

MSU Baseball Feature: Taking Care Of The Task At Hand

Michigan State redshirt senior outfielder Greg Ziegler faced a less than ideal start to his final season of college baseball. In December of 2023, while preparing for his final season of collegiate baseball, Ziegler began to feel pain in his right wrist. 

He went for therapy, while continuing to practice as much as possible. 

Then, in January 2024, his wrist pain spread into pain in his right hand. While taking live at-bats at an indoor practice a week before the spring 2024 season was set to start, Ziegler took a swing and began to feel a pain that was worse than he was experiencing before. Ziegler said that this was the moment he knew something was wrong.

“One swing, I kind of just felt like it gave out,” said Ziegler. 

After X-rays, Ziegler learned he had broken a bone which would require hand surgery and cause him to miss the first 16 games of the season. Although Ziegler had missed time before with a fractured finger, this was the first injury in which he would have to sit out of all baseball activities until he was medically cleared.  

Ziegler is rather familiar with things not always going as planned, as he has transferred twice during his college baseball career. The first time he transferred from Missouri State to Johnson Community College in 2021. The second time, Ziegler would transfer from Johnson Community College to Michigan State, where he has remained for the last two seasons and his entering his final regular-season weekend in a Spartan uniform.

Zeigler, who is majoring in kinesiology, plans to pursue a chiropractor career after his baseball career is finished. 

MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said that while Ziegler was experiencing pain in his wrist before, the break in right hand was out of his control. 

“It was kind of one of those flukish-type of injuries,” Boss said.  

Boss also said that Ziegler made sure to not jeopardize himself by trying to rush his recovery. 

“A lot of guys will feel and think they can do more than they actually can, and end up re-injuring themselves,” said Boss. “He backed off when he needed to back off, he listened to the experts, and we got him back as soon as we could.” 

Ziegler found his love for baseball grew even more during his time away. He learned the game can be taken away quickly during his recovery process.  

“Just remembering both times that the game was taken away from…

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