Jacksonville Ravens took one on the chin today when they learned star closer Nate Kremer will miss the rest of this season, and all of next year.
Kremer had come in for an inning in relief after Tomas Maldonado pitched 8.0 great innings against the Dallas Deputies this afternoon in front of a full stadium in Jacksonville. Then, with Jacksonville ahead 3-2 in the top of the 9th, Kremer allowed a game tying run in what was otherwise a stellar appearance, with two strikeouts. But Kremer came out after the 9th and did not return.
Team doctors were quick to confirm the grim news: Kremer tore the flexor tendon in his throwing arm and would require surgery. The recovery will put him out of action through the rest of this season and all of next year, as he will spend about 13 months recovering.
In the 2017 season Kremer has worked 33 innings in 29 relief appearances and earned 15 saves. He has dished out 56 strikeouts and walked 8 with a 1-3 mark and a 3.55 ERA. He leads AEL relievers in strikeouts and K/9.
For the time being, Shigenobu Takahashi will likely fill in as the closer for AEL East 1st place Jacksonville.