The Mexico City Riverdogs suffer a major injury to the homegrown native Jose Paniagua on his way to pitching the first gem of the season.
Paniagua made it through 8 scoreless innings while only giving up 2 hits and 1 walk and fanning 5 hitters. Looking to toss the complete game shutout, Paniagua stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 8th with 1 out and no men on. He hit a screamer right at Jacksonville Manatees 2B Matthew Brunson who made the play, but that ended Paniagua's night as he felt nerve irritation in his forearm on the play. The Riverdogs went on to win the game 0-8 but it was a sore victory. Paniagua will undergo a series of tests and the injury is not expected to require surgery, though his response to therapy will ultimately make that determination. He is expected to miss all of the regular season with a chance to come back in the post season should the Riverdogs make it there. Without their #2 pitcher, Josh Hemingway will need to shoulder the load the rest of the way to give the Riverdogs that chance.