Yang Hyeon-jong May Get Chance to Play as Texas Rangers' Bullpen Struggles

  • By Yang Ji-hea

    April 05, 2021 11:07

    Yang Hyeon-jong /Yonhap

    Left-handed pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong of the Texas Rangers may get an opportunity to play in Major League Baseball sooner than expected, despite not making the club’s starting roster, as the team’s bullpen is in chaos just a few days into the season.

    The Rangers lost to the Kansas City Royals 14-10 in their season opener on April 1, and fell to the Royals again 11-4 on April 3.

    In the opening game, seven pitchers took the mound, to little avail, and on Saturday five pitchers.

    The team's left-handed pitchers fared particularly badly, heightening expectations that Yang may be able to join the roster soon.

    Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays will be seeking his first win of the season against the Rangers in Texas on Wednesday, following a five-day rest.

    He started in the club's opening game against the New York Yankees on April 1 and allowed two runs from four hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Blue Jays won the game 3-2 in extra innings but Ryu was not credited with the win because he left the mound when the game was tied 2-2. 

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