Max Bielfeldt appeared in 19 games last season, averaging 4.7 minutes. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Ann Arbor — Michigan is feeling the bite of the injury bug this summer. With Caris LeVert already limited because of foot surgery, the Wolverines also have to deal with another injury to one of their big men.
Coach John Beilein announced Tuesday that senior big man Max Bielfeldt had hip surgery and “will be down for most of the summer.” With the departures of big men Jordan Morgan (graduation) and Jon Horford (transfer to Florida), U-M already was going to be thin in the frontcourt. But with Bielfeldt missing the summer months, there will be a greater push to get redshirt freshman Mark Donnal and true freshman Ricky Doyle ready.
Doyle, part of a six-member freshman class, already has arrived on campus and is participating in workouts with strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson but is not allowed to work with coaches until summer practice later this month.
LeVert, projected as a preseason All-American, had surgery on his left foot and will miss the Kevin Durant Skills Academy because of the injury.
“The surgery was a success,” Beilein said. “He is such a grinder and he is in that gym so long that we didn’t want to take any chances. We expect him to be full-go by the beginning of August, if not sooner.
“His only plan is to stay here, go to school and get ready for our trip.”
The Wolverines will make a preseason trip to Europe, just as they did ahead of the 2010-11 season.