Scrappers remain injury-prone, lose catcher Wallace for weeks
Jeff Haase will take over at the catcher's position with Kenton Myers as his back-up.
By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- Just when it appeared the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were going to have all their players back from injuries, catcher David Wallace took a wicked foul ball off his face.
Wednesday against the first-place Auburn Doubledays, Wallace swung hard and a pitch went from his bat to his face. The freak play left Wallace with a fractured nose and a fractured cheek bone.
He received some stitches in the area near his left eye and will be out two to three weeks.
Wallace was batting .247 with three homers and 14 RBIs. He played in 29 of the first 36 games for the Scrappers (20-17).
Jeff Haase, who leads the team with six homers and 21 RBIs will be the regular catcher, backed up be Kenton Myers. Haase is hitting .310.
Myers is still nursing a sore shoulder which limits his throwing. Surgery is likely.
Outfielder Ben Francisco has just returned after missing five games last week due to a back injury.
He leads the team with a .342 batting average and nine extra-base hits.
Starting pitcher Simon Young (0-1, 3.08 ERA) is still on the rehab list of the team.
He pitched the first five innings against Auburn Wednesday and left with a 2-1 lead although he didn't get the decision.
Young permitted four hits. His velocity remains down and the staff is working with his strength.
Young has 21 strikeouts in 26 innings although he's been touched up for 28 hits.
Finally, pitcher Brian Slocum is coming back from a strained flexor tendon. The team is trying to build his strength although he reached pitches of 95 MPH Monday in an impressive start against Auburn.
Slocum is 0-0 with an 1.08 ERA.