Tennessee outfielder and Rivals.com second team All-American Julio Borbon will be sidelined for 8-10 weeks with an ankle injury.
He will undergo surgery Tuesday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Borbon, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior, suffered the injury during practice earlier this week. On Friday, the Vols learned they will likely be without Borbon until the SEC opener against rival Alabama, which takes place the weekend of March 16-18.
Though discouraged, Tennessee head coach Rod Delmonico remains confident about Borbon's immediate future and the team's ability to bounce back.
"My biggest concern is for Julio," Delmonico said. "We're going to be OK. He has a long career ahead of him, so our main focus is his well-being and his future."
The official diagnosis on Borbon is a fractured left ankle, but Tennessee expects a full recovery from the veteran from the Dominican Republic.
With the return of several talented players such as Borbon and catcher J.P. Arencibia, Tennessee entered spring workouts with a renewed sense of confidence.
That was before Borbon's injury.
As a sophomore, the Rivals.com Preseason All-American led his team in hitting with a .366 batting average. He also hit one home run, knocked in 30 runs and stole 19 bases.
Borbon also earned accolades for his performance with Team USA last summer.
In 116 at bats, he hit .345 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.
Tennessee opens the 2007 season in two weeks when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to face Florida State.