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Carmon on the mend, Austin back in the Carolinas Saturday
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STEPHEN CARMON LOCKED DOWN the starting shortstop position for the Eugene Emeralds, but has been battling a nagging injury over the past two weeks. - photo by Photo courtesy of the Eugene Emeralds
It has been a mixed bag of a summer for Kershaw County’s professional athletes between their coming, going and waiting.In June, former Camden High and USC-Aiken baseball standout Stephen Carmon was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. The 5-foot-7, 155-pound shortstop was sent to the Eugene (Ore.) Emeralds, the Padres’ short-season class A affiliate in the Northwest League.A semifinalist for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award, presented to the top player in NCAA Division II baseball, Carmon got off to a solid start for the Emeralds, playing in the team’s first 30 games. On July 22, however, he suffered an oblique injury which has kept him out of action since that day.In 30 games, Carmon has batted at a .242 clip with two doubles, a team-best three triples and a home run with five runs batted in.