The Nevada Speeders learned that fourth starter Shi-min Chaim will miss the rest of the 2018 season, after coming out of a game against the Miami Storm with a sore arm last night. He is expected to miss five months as he recovered from bone chips in his throwing elbow.
Chaim made a transition from the bullpen this year, and had crafted a 6-2 record with 14 saves, and a 1.40 ERA as the team’s erstwhile closer, until Nate Kremer returned from a year-long injury earlier this month.
As a starter, Chaim added another 2 wins to his record, striking out 21 batters in 19 innings over 3 starts. Although the Speeders still have three great arms in the rotation, Chaim was a welcome addition as a #4 starter.
Meanwhile, Jose Soto, the 2017 Rookie of the Year and AEL Sandy Koufax Award winning starter for the St. Petersburg Admirals also learned he will be missing the rest of the year. The 23-year-old suffered a strained triceps against the Denver Danger yesterday.
Soto is 11-4 with a Bull League-leading 190 strikeouts – just 5 short of the season record set by Ricky Terrazas in 2011. Soto had been on track to burst through that record and become the first Bull League pitcher to whiff over 200 batters.
Soto was 1-0 in the playoffs last year, with a 5.25 ERA. He had 2 starts through the first round before the Admirals (then the Anchorage Aces) were eliminated. Chaim did not have a playoff appearance last season.