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Texas OF Austin Todd announces return for 2022 season

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After suffering a season-ending injury in March, the Round Rock product will return for a sixth season on the Forty Acres.

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Texas Longhorns outfielder Austin Todd announced on Thursday that he’ll come back for another season.

The Round Rock product took advantage of the extra season afforded by the coronavirus pandemic to return for the 2021 season, but suffered a shoulder injury in March that required surgery and ended Todd’s fifth year on the Forty Acres.

A career .275 hitter at Texas, Todd earned a starting job as soon as he arrived in Austin in 2017, finishing third on the team with a .276 batting average. As a sophomore, he missed time due to injury and struggled at the plate, failing to bounce back until 2020, when he hit .375 in 17 games. In 2021, he was off to a strong start, hitting .292 over six games before suffering the shoulder injury in a game against Sam Houston State.

With the departure of starting center fielder Mike Antico to the Cardinals organization, Todd should once again compete for a starting job in the outfield if his shoulder is fully healthy. He’s spent most of his Texas career playing right field, but played one game in center field in 2020.