Yang Hyun-jong (33), a left-handed pitcher for the Texas Rangers in the American Major League Baseball (MLB), is missing for a long time. The store has been closed for ten days since the last appearance against the Seattle Mariners on the 31st of last month.
In particular, Yang Hyun-jong did not get a chance to play even on the 10th, when his team played an extended bloody battle. Texas defeated the San Francisco Giants at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on the same day, 4-3 with Brockholt’s just-time hit in the 11th inning of overtime. On that day, in Texas, a total of four pitchers, including Kyle Gibson, who pitched with two runs in six innings, stepped on the mound, but in the end, Yang Hyun-Jong was nowhere to be seen.
Yang Hyun-jong was excluded from the starting rotation after sluggish three runs (one earned run) in three innings against Seattle on May 31. Instead of Yang Hyun-jong, left-handed pitcher Colby Allard took the starting opportunity. Appearing in seven games this season, he has three losses without a win and a 5.20 ERA.
Yang Hyun-jong, who moved to the bullpen, has not appeared in a single game since. Analysts say it’s because there weren’t many games to play long innings in that he was playing the role of a long relief. Yang Hyun-jong played three out of seven games this season as a midfielder and threw four or more innings each. In recent games, there have been many games in which the starter pitched 5 or more innings.
In addition, there are interpretations that it is because the team is being rebuilt, giving priority to young players. Texas manager Chris Woodward changed Hyun-Jong Yang, who had started sortie, to the bullpen again, saying, “It’s not because Yang Hyun-Jong couldn’t throw, but to use Allard as a starting pitcher.” The goal is to give a starting opportunity to the young pitcher the club wants to develop. In the midst of this, if the starters digest long innings, it is difficult to determine the timing of Yang Hyun-jong’s input.
Still, it is a pity that the position is not solid, and the long absence from the start is a disappointment. This is because Yang Hyun-jong, who only played as a starter for 10 years in the KBO League, has not been able to control his condition easily since he has not thrown many after taking a long break for more than 5 days.
By Song Yong-jun, staff reporter [email protected]
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