The Anchorage Aces (formerly the San Diego Seagulls) were dealt a severe blow when Ricky Jalapeno was hurt colliding with a player at a base last night in a game against the Norfolk Sharks. After the game, the team trainer reported Jalapeno might have to spend a lengthy time on the disabled list.
Today doctors confirmed it, ruling the 27-year-old center fielder out for the rest of the season with a concussion. They indicated it would take Jalapeno at least 5-6 months to heal.
This far from the only injury that has plagued the solid-hitting switch-hitter, though it will be his longest rehab since playing pro baseball.
He also has a history with concussions, and was off for two days after suffering from a mild one in July, 2015.
The three-time all-star, and 2016 AEL Gold Crown at CF, has ht .301 through his six seasons in the Bull League, putting together 37 homers, 220 RBIs, and 248 runs during that time.
His loss will be deeply troubling to the Anchorage Aces, who are said to be in a panic seeking a suitable OF to replace him before the season starts.