(GAME DATE — August 9, 2020) — The doctors have spoken and Hugo Prista of the Seattle Salts didn’t like what he heard. The 25-year-old starting pitcher is almost certainly gone for the rest of the year and depending on his progress could miss some of next season as well. Prista sustained his season-ending injury during the New York Dragons game yesterday at The Redoubt. He had to leave the game because he hurt himself while throwing a pitch. Today the Seattle medical staff reported Prista had a torn labrum and would be absent from the lineup for at least 5 months.
So far this year Prista has 2 wins and 2 losses and a 3.33 ERA.
It is only the second year in the big leagues for 25-year-old Prista, who was once a Pitcher of the Month winner in 2017 in the Calf League (A-level). But he has been wracked with injuries since becoming a pro, with back problems a common complaint for the right-handed pitcher. He already missed 2 months earlier this year with elbow pain, had a 6-week stint on the DL with a strained hamstring as well as an earlier 6 week injury spell with a shoulder strain in 2019.
In 2018, his season ended early with a bone spur surgical procedure which set him on a 6-7 month road to recovery. He strained his rotator cuff that April as the season opened. He has had numerous day to day injuries as well, leaving his future as a reliable big league pitcher in doubt.