Since June 3rd when starting pitcher Zack Godley went down with a 16 day injury, the Rawken Hawks have seen pitchers get injured with shocking frequency. From June 3rd to Aug 3rd the Hawks will have had at least one pitcher from their rotation injured for a total of 75 days.
“The only day for the last 2 months that we have had all 6 of our potential starters available was June 20th. One day!” said Hawks manager Ken Harrelson.
It has been an incredible stretch of bad luck for the team and it’s pitchers. Godley’s injury on June 3rd was for 16 days, ace Aaron Nola went down for 21 days on June 22nd, followed by co-ace Jacob deGrom for 11 days on July 5th (the Hawks first game after the All Star break), Jake Junis for 16 days on July 9th and finally (so far) Antonio Senzatela for 11 games on July 23rd. Senzatela’s injury came after two winning starts where he gave up only 2 runs in 13 innings.
Said Harrelson, “From July 9th to the 12th we had 3 starters injured, half our staff! Our only starter who didn’t get injured since June 3rd was Mussy (Joe Musgrove).”
With Senzatela hurt in the team’s most recent game, it is fortunate that Junis is eligible to return the next game the team plays. Over the 43 game period that the injuries occurred the team had a lackluster 21-22 record.
“The bats have been keeping us in games, but we can’t wait until our pitching is back to full strength,” said hitting coach Andre Dawson.
The Hawks loss has been the Wrollen Wheels gain as the minor league affiliate has been the recipient of 8 rehab starts by Hawks pitchers with 2 more expected from Senzatela next week. In fact, Nola and deGrom started back to back games on July 9th and 10th. Each start by a Hawks pitcher has been a sell out in Wrollen and that has swollen the team’s coffers.
“Having the major league pitchers down here to make rehab starts has been great for the city and the team. Maybe not so great for the Hawks but we’ve had a great couple of months winning and attendance both,” said Wheels manager Rocket Wheeler.
The road between Rawken and Wrollen has been worn out with pitchers travelling each way. Harrelson is hoping that the infirmary stays empty for while when Senzatela returns on Aug 3rd, “After this stretch, it can only get better!”