The 1st Major Injury
Many times, a lot of the shaking out for roster spots is dependent on who get injured and how severe the injuries are. Well, the Naturals roster may have been altered by an injury announced over the weekend.
Julio Pimentel felt pain in his elbow and now an MRI has revealed ligament damage. Pimentel is getting a second opinion to see if surgery is necessary but this is probably not a good sign for his chances of being in the Naturals starting rotation to begin the season.
He was one of 4 pitchers expected to return to the rotation this season along with Blake Wood, Blake Johnson and Dan Cortes.
Also listed as being hurt is reliever Henry Barrera, a highly thought of pitcher who was expected to begin the season with NWA. Barrera has felt some pain in his elbow, and has not pitched in a game since March 1.