Doctors in Montreal said Judson Martel might not play anymore this year. The Metros starting pitcher suffered a stretched elbow ligament during a game against the Rimouski Fighting Moose and will be out for at least 9 months. Club officials told BNN they do not expect him to return to the team this season.
This year Martel has recorded a 11-1 mark. In 16 starts he has fanned 159 batters in 126 innings with a 1.36 ERA. He was leading the Lake League in ERA and strikeouts, along with shutouts. Martel was also two strikeouts away from setting a career high.
Montreal leaves Rimouski and travels to Toronto to open a four game series today. Martel would have next been scheduled to pitch against their division rivals, the Boston Brawlers, next Monday. Both the Toronto series and the Boston series will be critical tests for the Metros, who hold the East division lead over Boston by 5½ games.
Toronto has gone 2-2 so far against Montreal this season, and has a winning record at home, despite their below-.500 season. They are clawing at a wildcard spot and need every win they can get to move up.
Meanwhile, Boston is in a fierce battle with the New York Dragons to maintain a hold on the second wildcard spot they already occupy. The Dragons are only a half game behind them. But, a good run against a Metros team weakened by the loss of Martel could see the Brawlers move into first.