A confrontation between a veteran who is aiming for a revival in the major leagues and a Japanese big leaguer who has just entered the competition has been concluded.
Kenta Maeda (35, Minnesota Twins) started the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Boston Red Sox held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on the 21st (Korean time), USA, 2 innings, 1 hit (1 home run), 1 walk lost
In the bottom of the second inning with Boston leading 1-0, something terrible happened with two out on second base. Maeda hit Jaron Duran with an 84 mph splitter on ball count 1B1S. Duran’s ball hit Maeda’s left ankle and landed on the mound. Maeda quickly caught the ball and threw it to first base, ending the inning.
However, Maeda was unable to return to the dugout normally. Because she was very sick. According to MLB.com, Duran’s batted ball was 111.6 miles (about 180 km). “I was afraid to see him lying on his ground,” said Minnesota coach Rocco Baldelli. 메이저놀이터
Fortunately, Maeda was found to have a simple bruise, not a fracture. MLB.com said, “After the game, Maeda laughed and joked. It’s hard to say that just two hours ago he struggled on the ground in pain.” “There was excruciating pain,” said Maeda.
Maeda missed the 2022 season with Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation. After achieving his 59th personal win in a home game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2021, he has been unable to reach his 60th career win for a year and eight months. Due to this injury, the schedule for the next start is uncertain. The final season of an eight-year, $25 million contract he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a reserve free agent, his performance this season is very important.