The Chicago Pit Bulls have had a rough start to the 2018 season, and things are not looking any better after the team learned they would have to do without two of their pitchers.
Closer Ming Ou and Greg Whittingdon were added to the disabled list today, leading the team to call up two pitchers from Triple-A Milwaukee to take their place.
In Ou’s case, he is thought to be out with elbow tendinitis, and will take about 3 weeks to recover. The closer had just completed his first and only inning of play since the season began, holding Toronto hit-less and collecting a strikeout. The 36-year-old from Taiwan is no stranger to injuries, spending about a month last year on the DL with a herniated disc and an elbow issue.
More devastatingly, starting RHP Whittingdon will miss the rest of the season after suffering bone chips in his elbow after appearing in the same game as Ou. He had started the third game of the season hot, going over 4 innings and holding the Nomads scoreless on three hits and just two walks.
Getting the call from the Milwaukee Pugs were 29-year-old RHP Alfonso Rico, who split his time between the Cow League and the Bull League last year, and who is seen as a highly capable power pitcher for short inning stints. He will slot in the bullpen as a middle reliever.
Also getting the nod was Jose Perez, a southpaw from Nicaragua, who was with the Pit Bulls for 65.1 innings last year, but struggled, going 1-6, with a 6.34 ERA and a BABIP of .301. Perez joins Rico in the bullpen while the Pit Bulls rotation is pared down to four starters in an attempt to shake things up.
Chicago opened the season on the road in Toronto, and are win-less so far this season after three games.
SALTS LOSE LYONS FOR YEAR
The Seattle Salts are also suffering from the injury bug, as they learned Roger Lyons must go on the 60-day DL with a partially torn UCL. He will have Tommy John surgery and then rehab for at least ten months, and will miss all of 2018.
Edgar Mojica, a right-hander with a career Triple-A record of 20-23 and a 4.23 ERA, gets the call as the next man up. The Salts now have three pitchers on the mend and will slot Bill Henson into the rotation to replace Lyons, giving Mojica a middle relief role for the time being.
The Salts are 1-2 so far this season, after dropping their first two games to the St. Petersburg Admirals.