Will Isaacs admits he may have a tough call on his hands in the coming days.
Winfield's coach said last week that injured senior Dusty Kincaid could be cleared to return to the team and perhaps even play before the season ends.
For any squad, that would be a welcome addition, especially since Kincaid - an infielder and pitcher - projected to be one of the Generals' top players this season.
But you couldn't blame Isaacs, or anyone connected with the team, for having second thoughts about the possibility.
Kincaid, who was struck in the head by a line drive in a game against Huntington on March 19, suffered a fractured skull that required emergency surgery. He's scheduled to have a recent CT scan read today, then medical personnel will make recommendations about his recovery.
Isaacs was asked in what capacity he might use Kincaid if he's cleared to play - perhaps as a pinch-hitter or courtesy runner or even return him to the mound to pitch?
"It's a tough call, not only as a coach, but as a parent,'' Isaacs said. "You think about your responsibility. What do you do with him?
"When he went down, it changed three different guys in the infield who are playing different positions we would never have expected them to play at the beginning of the season.''
Kincaid has joined the team in the dugout for some home games during his recovery, and has even made a few trips for road games. Isaacs said Kincaid tried his hand at some drills in a recent practice, running between second and third base.
"He ran a couple,'' Isaacs said, "and then he said, 'Phew! I'm out of shape.'
"It's just good having him back in any capacity, and if he does play, it would be the biggest bonus in the world. But we're just glad everything's progressing well. He's healing. Everything's back on the way to complete recovery and we're thankful the good Lord has wrapped his arm around him and brought him thus far.''
Today begins the final week of regular-season play for baseball teams around West Virginia, with sectionals starting on May 7.
Winfield (13-11) has two home games scheduled this week - Wednesday against Logan and Thursday against Ripley.
No payoff to long layoff
There's always been a bunch of down time in the postseason among contending teams in West Virginia high school baseball.
In part, that's because of the three-day moratorium on high school athletics caused by the statewide WESTEST (West Virginia Educational Standards Test), an assessment that measures student achievement.