Rimouski learned tonight that star pitching fixture William Febres, acquired in a February trade with Detroit, will possibly miss the rest of 2018 with shoulder inflammation that flared up during an appearance against his former team tonight in the Motor City.
Febres left after completing 5.0 innings, and had been on fire all night, allowing just 3 hits, 1 walk, and no runs scored. He had struck out 5 Detroit batters. He is expected to miss three months, meaning that it’s possible he could return for the playoffs should Rimouski make a reappearance in the postseason.
Also getting bad news tonight were the Ohio Oxen, who saw Heath Smokem exit their game against the Minneapolis Ravens early, after just two innings. The prognosis for Smokem seems a lot more serious, he is suspected to have ruptured a disc, and will need about 8 months to recover, meaning he won’t return until spring training 2019.
Smokem was getting a rough ride from the Ravens when he exited tonight, allowing 5 earned runs on 6 hits, and only striking out one batter. He was having a decent season up until his June 17th appearance against Detroit, when he registered his first loss of the season.
Prior to that, he was 3-0 with a 3.75 ERA on the season, and had managed a complete game in a 6-1 win over Montreal on May 28.
Ohio GM Dylan Maccarone is said to be disappointed in losing Smokem, as the team’s starters have mainly struggled to find consistency in their starts all year. Smokem had been one of their solid performers.