Taiwan’s WBC First Prize… Kim Gwang-hyun caught ‘Ace’ injured and leaving

The Taiwanese baseball team was in a state of emergency.

Local media, including Japan’s Nikkan Sports, reported on the 3rd that right-handed pitcher Changi’s participation in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) was frustrated. It is known that Changi’s recent right shoulder examination revealed partial inflammation. The Taiwanese media Free Times raised concerns, saying, “(Changi’s) sudden resignation due to injury is a huge blow to Taiwan’s pitching power.”

Changi is a key member of Taiwan’s WBC national team. He has been active in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) since 2019, appearing in 44 games in his career, recording 4 wins and 9 losses with an earned run average of 5.15. Last year, he played decently with an earned run average of 2.38 in 15 games. He mainly mixes a fast ball with a speed of over 150 km/h, a forkball with a large drop, a curveball, and a slider. In December of last year, he also attracted attention by transferring as a free agent compensation player for catcher Tomoya Mori, who transferred from Seibu Lions to Orix Perpulos.

Changi started in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12 Super Round 2, against Korea, and lost 0-7 to the national team with a scoreless pitch in 6 2/3 innings. At that time, he won by decision in a face-to-face confrontation with Kim Gwang-hyeon (3 runs in 3 1/3 innings) and was selected as one of the best 11 (pitcher category) of the tournament. 스포츠토토

It was expected that he would play a major match in the WBC this time, but he was hindered by an injury. The Taiwan national baseball team was in Group A of the WBC Round 1 along with the Netherlands, Cuba, Italy and Panama. It is difficult to guarantee advancing to the second round due to the strong strength of the Netherlands and Cuba, but bad news overlapped with the departure of Changi, the main resource.

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