Bristol Pirates second baseman facing season-ending injury

BRISTOL, Va. - The new Bristol Pirates team lost its home-opener Sunday night and is losing second baseman Ulises Montilla to a broken leg.

Bristol Pirates manager Edgar Varela confirmed with News 5 WCYB Monday that Ulises Montilla had successful surgery after breaking his tibia and fibula.

During the third inning of their 12-3 loss to the Burlington Royals Sunday evening, Montilla collided with the short stop going after a ground ball up the middle. He was taken off the field in an ambulance.

The team has placed Montilla on the 60-day disabled list. He is in his second season in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system.

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