The after effects of mononucleosis will delay the start of former Penn State standout Jordan Steranka’s professional career with the State College Spikes.
Steranka said Friday that an enlarged spleen caused by the illness has prevented him from participating in contact drills. The corner infielder will meet with doctors next week in Pittsburgh.
Steranka said he’s hoping to officially sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates upon passing a physical next week.
“They want to make sure I’m 100 percent before I go out there,” he said.
The Pirates selected Steranka in the 21st round of last week’s Major League Baseball Draft. The illness did little to slow Steranka as a senior. He hit .363 with 11 homers, 20 doubles and 40 RBIs this past spring.
Steranka is currently performing non-contact drills such as running at his suburban Pittsburgh home.