Shawn Maldonado was forced to withdraw from the 2019 PBA League on Monday due to an injured hamstring. The Philadelphia Hitmen have replaced him with Jake Peters.
In an interview with FloBowling, Maldonado said he was playing football at an event for Junior Gold Championships bowlers in Detroit on Sunday when the injury happened.
“I go for a little slant route and when I make that turn to slant, I just hyperextended it, pulled it or strained it,” said Maldonado, who was drafted seventh in the first round of the PBA League Draft by the Hitmen in April. “I iced it, took ibuprofen and was hoping I could throw the ball, but I can’t.”
Maldonado said he felt “terrible” that he had to withdraw from the event. He attempted to practice Monday before the PBA League seeding round but was unable to give it a go.
“I’ve got the mobility to walk it’s just when I flex the actual muscle it spasms,” he said. “I haven’t been able to get it checked out. I wanted to stay and support the team. When I get home I’m going to go to my doctor and figure out what I need to do.”
Peters got the late call and was making his way to Portland, Maine, on Monday. He was unable to get into town in time for Monday’s seeding round, so the PBA gave the Hitmen nine, spare for the empty spot in the lineup.
The next event on the schedule for Maldonado is the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Doubles, which begins July 26 in the Houston area.
“I still have plans to bowl that,” Maldonado said. “All I can do is basically prepare every day I can. Hopefully it’s ready by then.”
The PBA League gets underway with the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern. The semifinals are Wednesday at 9 p.m. and the final is at 9 p.m. on Thursday. The event will be broadcast on FS1 (United States) and FloBowling (international).