Utah Jazz coach Will Hardy visits Snow Canyon Little League player in hospital

Easton Oliverson continues to recover from his severe head injury.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Will Hardy answers questions during a news conference announcing Hardy as the new Utah Jazz head coach at Vivint Arena, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Utah Little Leaguer Easton Oliverson continues to recover from the severe head injury he suffered just days before his Snow Canyon team started World Series play.

About a week ago, Oliverson was finally flown out of the hospital in Pennsylvania to one in Salt Lake City, per an Instagram page that provides updates on his status.

Throughout his recovery, Oliverson has been getting encouraging video messages from the likes of BYU quarterback Jaren Hall to MLB stars like Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Now that he’s in SLC, he’s getting some local visitors to his hospital room. The latest: new Utah Jazz coach Will Hardy.

“This was a very unique experience that Easton will never forget,” the Instagram page run by Oliverson’s family said. “We are so grateful for him taking time out of his day to come and help our Easton feel loved, and motivated to keep moving forward!”

In recent days, doctors have been trying to address a staph infection Oliverson has developed, per the Instagram page. The good news, though, is that his white blood cell count has decreased to 12,000 from 21,000. A normal count is generally between 4,500 and 11,000.

Doctors also said recently that Oliverson has a damaged nerve in his right eye. But, the Instagram page said, they hope that will heal itself over time.

Generally, Oliverson has been making positive strides in his recovery. He has been eating regularly (he even got to have his favorite meal — nachos) and spending time with family, per the Instagram page.