Branden Cogswell's return from the broken finger that cut his sophomore season at Virginia short will come in the Cape Cod League.
The league's 2013 season began on Wednesday, with Cogswell among four Virginia players on opening day rosters. The shortstop was joined by infielder Nick Howard and outfielder Derek Fisher on the roster of the Harwich Mariners. A fourth rising junior, outfielder Brandon Downes, will play for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
Cogswell missed Virginia's final 15 games after breaking a finger on his right hand during an early May practice. His status lingered as a question through the ACC Tournament and into the Cavaliers' NCAA regional and super regional series.
Following Monday's elimination by Mississippi State, coach Brian O'Connor revealed that Cogswell had been healthy enough to possibly play in the series.
"I made the decision not to play him, because it had been five or six weeks since this kid has had a live at-bat," O'Connor explained.
"I know the kid is disappointed that I didn't put him in there. But I had to go on what I'd seen the last five weeks," he said. "And we had played some pretty good baseball over the last five weeks. Coming into this weekend we'd only lost two ballgames with the guys we were putting out there."
Cogswell hit .346 in 47 games as the team's leadoff hitter before his injury. Despite his shortened season, Cogswell led the team with 12 stolen bases, and finished third on the team with 55 runs scored and fifth with 63 hits.
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