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Spradling hospitalized after sky-diving accident

Spradling suffers likely career-ending injuries in skydiving accident

By Paul Thomas

Florida State senior outfielder Stephen Spradling suffered what will likely be career-ending injuries on Sunday in skydiving accident in Melbourne, Fla.

Spradling suffered multiple broken bones as he crash landed to avoid colliding with another sky diver. Spradling is still in a Melbourne hospital and will remain there for at least a few more weeks.

"He's going to be OK eventually," FSU assistant coach Mike Martin Jr. said. "It's just going to take him a little time to heal up. He broke both his hips, bone in his back and some ribs."

Spradling has already undergone surgery and Martin Jr. visited with the Broward Community College transfer in the hospital on his way from the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Spradling played in 35 games last season, with 11 starts. He hit .262, with a double and four RBI. Spradling was also hit by 12 pitches in just 42 at-bats in his first season as a Seminole.

The Boynton Beach, Fla. native was not making his first sky diving trip by any means, jumping out planes on numerous occasions with friends and family.

"He's an extreme sports guy," Martin Jr. said.

Martin Jr. said he and the rest of the team just glad the injuries weren't more severe. With the help of Spradlin's mother he has been able to update the rest of the team on his condition.

"Just keep them updated as to what's going on," he said. "(Spradling's) mom is contact with me and I relay it to the guys."

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