[SC Focus] Guerrero, who gave up the WBC due to a sprained knee, major leaguers whose team is more important than the country
In spring training, you must always take care of yourself. In particular, players participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) cannot tolerate even the slightest wound.토토사이트
Toronto Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has decided not to participate in the WBC. Guerrero injured his right knee in an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 4th (Korean time).
In the bottom of the first inning, he had a heavy hit from 1st out and 2nd baseman, bringing runner Bo Bichet home, but while the opposing center fielder threw home, he ran around 1st base and ran to 2nd base, which strained his knee. The Toronto club said on the 5th, “Guerrero is not participating in the WBC Dominican Republic team because of a bad right knee. Structural abnormalities were not found on MRI, but mild inflammation appeared.”
It’s unknown if Guerrero’s injury will affect the regular season opener, but Toronto doesn’t see it as too serious. MLB.com said, ‘The Blue Jays are continuing to monitor Guerrero’s condition, but he has not reached a critical level.’
Guerrero was originally scheduled to join the Dominican Republic national team after playing on the 6th.
Guerrero is the third Toronto player to cancel participation in the WBC due to major or minor injuries during this spring training, following catcher Alejandro Kirk (Mexico) and reliever Jordan Romano (Italy).
Not only them, but also top-notch major leaguers are leaving the WBC national team one after another. Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki was ruled out of the Japan national team due to a side injury. Nestor Cortes of the New York Yankees, who was highly anticipated as a starting pitcher for the U.S. national team, injured his hamstring ahead of the start of spring training and decided to focus on his team as well.
Most major leaguers still think more about what they have to do as a club player than on the national team. So is the club. Although the major leagues led the establishment of the WBC, clubs are not interested in the competition itself. The only priority is to worry about injuries in case the players in the team get hurt.
Aaron Judge, who re-signed with the New York Yankees under the terms of a 9-year, $360 million mammoth, said in an interview at the opening of Spring Training last month about the reason for not participating in the WBC, “I signed a 9-year contract, so New York is my priority. (Until the next tournament. ) You can expect to be called up to the national team in four years, but right now we have to focus on this.”
New York Mets Justin Verlander also made his first appearance after transferring against the Miami Marlins on the 5th. said. Since he signed a two-year free agent contract for $86.67 million and moved to a new team, he is in the position that adapting to the team is more important than playing for the US national team.
In the case of Los Angeles Dodgers Miguel Rojas, shortstop Gavin Lux suffered a knee ligament rupture injury while running to third base in an exhibition game against the San Diego Padres on the 28th of last month and was out for the season.
Previously, Dodgers Clayton Kershaw was removed from the U.S. national team roster because his insurance company did not approve him due to frequent back injuries despite his desire to participate.