In what can only be described as a terrible blow for the Detroit Motorheads playoff chances this season, Jesus ‘Pincho’ Modica will miss the rest of 2018 and much of the following season, after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm during a spring training game against Boston today.
The 32-year-old right handed reliever will miss at least 13 months as he will likely have Tommy John surgery, and then spend several months recovering and rehabilitating.
Modica was an invaluable piece in the Detroit bullpen last season, providing a solid 32.1 innings of relief, allowing just 7 earned runs over 22 appearances, resulting in a 1.99 ERA. He gave up few walks, just 3 all year, while stocking up 25 strikeouts. He is especially known for his pinpoint pitch placement, on par with Sandy Koufax Award winner Ricky Rodriguez and 2015 rookie of the year Knuckles Malone.
The loss of Modica adds to Detroit’s pitching woes, as they already have Roberto Cuebas out with a shoulder injury, and Javy Rosales missing since July last year with the same injury as Modica. Three of the club’s top relievers are now out, with Rosales not expected back for three more months.
The team’s starters include some top quality arms, such as former Calgary Inferno Matthew Rendall, and Jose Munguia, who won a player of the week award last season. But the team was expected to rely heavily on their bullpen this season.