October 15, 2015

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) A former Ohio University baseball player has sued the school, claiming negligence by the head coach led to a career-ending injury.

The Athens Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1VQieOA ) that RyLee Rogers, a catcher from Cambridge, Ohio, is seeking more than $25,000 in the lawsuit filed in the state's Court of Claims.

The suit says Rogers suffered a torn labrum in his throwing arm in the Bobcats' 2012 baseball season and had to undergo corrective surgery. The same arm was injured after he returned to the team for the 2013 season.

The lawsuit says baseball head coach Rob Smith discouraged players from complaining about injuries and discouraged them from not participating in scheduled activities.

Smith didn't respond to requests for comment. A university spokeswoman says the school doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/

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