Montgomery lost the middle of its offense Monday.
Wes Bankston pulled an abdominal muscle and could miss up to three weeks, according to the team. Bankston strained his right oblique muscle when he swung at a pitch in the fourth inning of Monday's 3-2 win over Mississippi.
Bankston is a gifted hitter, though he's struggled mightily at fielding a new position -- third base -- this spring.
With Bankston out, that means Gabriel Martinez should see a lot of time across the diamond from his usual first base. Or Mark Schleicher, who has been overmatched by Class AA pitching, moves into the lineup.
This team has shown the offensive prowess of a spoiled kitten and now will miss its top slugger. The on-again, off-again team, which won its fifth straight Monday, is due for its weekly swoon.