Seattle Salts veteran Jesse Nelson has had to call it a season early. The 39-year-old 2B-man was injured on a collision at second base. Ironically, Nelson was the base runner and not the fielder, however.
Nelson had just hit safely to lead off the 4th inning in today’s game against California, when DH Hermengildo Nel grounded into a fielder’s choice to Tidals pitcher Yeong-suk Yi. Yi played the ball to Yong-jun Jahng, who corralled the toss and tagged Nelson out. But Nelson’s hard leg-first slide resulted in a fractured ankle.Jon Fulcher came in to replace him for the bottom of the inning. Fulcher went 2-for-2, bringing in 2 runs and walking once as Seattle carried on to win 3-0. The injury marred an otherwise spectacular win for the Salts. Nelson had been the top vote-getter in the run up to the 2017 All-Star Game, but will now miss the rest of the season as doctors gave him 4 months to recover.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s Toronto Nomads-Chicago Pit Bulls game. The 22-year-old rookie prospect Joseph ‘Fish’ Walker, who normally plays left field but had been at center field for the game, had charged in to field a line drive by Frank Erickson, and gunned the ball home to try to throw out Oscar Barajas, who had rounded all the way from second base on the play. Barajas was safe on the play, and Erickson extended his single into two bases, while Walker left the field favoring his throwing arm.
Njoroge Kijana replaced Walker in center field, and Toronto held on to win in extras 3-2 after a walk-off double by Alejandro Reyna.