‘Lotte big leaguer, USA representative’ Rayleigh got off due to injury the day before the opening of the WBC

Brooks Rayleigh (35, New York Mets), a left-handed big leaguer from the KBO League Lotte Giants, got off the World Baseball Classic (WBC) US national team due to an injury. 

Reporter Bob Nightingale of USA Today Sports reported on the 11th (Korea City) that Rayleigh will be withdrawing from the WBC USA team due to injury. The exact site of the injury or recovery period is not known. 

The United States, which belongs to Group C with Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and Great Britain, will have its first group stage match against England at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 12th. It was even more regrettable that Rayleigh had to leave due to an injury the day before the start of the tournament.  바카라사이트

Rayleigh played in Korea for five years from 2015 to 2019 and played an active role as Lotte’s foreign ace. Rayleigh is the only foreign player who has played 5 years at Lotte. Reilly, who returned to the United States in 2020 and signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, was traded to the Houston Astros after a DFA and established as a left-handed specialist until 2021. 

Rayleigh, who raised his ransom with a two-year, $10 million free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in December 2021, had a career high season with 60 games (53⅔ innings) 1 win, 2 losses, 6 saves, 25 holds, an average ERA of 2.68, and 61 strikeouts last year. 

After the season last year, the New York Mets, which are looking to win the World Series, traded Rayleigh for prospective left-handed pitcher Kishon Askew. However, following his departure from the WBC due to a sudden injury, joining at the beginning of the season became unclear. 

Meanwhile, pitcher Aaron Roof (LA Angels) was selected as a replacement for Rayleigh’s absence. As a left-hander like Rayleigh, he boasts 11 major league careers. Last year, he recorded 65 games (58⅔ innings), 5 losses, 1 save, 19 holds, an average ERA of 3.84 and 52 strikeouts.

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