April 28, 2021 10:11
Yang Hyeon-jong of the Texas Rangers made his Major League Baseball debut as a reliever in a game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas on Monday.
Yang came on in hopes of rescuing the team at the top of the third inning when the Rangers were trailing 7-4. He took the mound to replace starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and pitched four and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, five hits and one homer with one strikeout, but he could not prevent the Rangers from losing 9-4.
The left-hander, who achieved just about everything a pitcher can do here, signed a minor league contract with the Rangers with an invitation to spring training before the season started.
After failing to earn a spot on the opening day roster, he had been at the Rangers' alternate training site. Under a modification to the MLB's health and safety protocols, each team can take up to five players from the alternate training site on the so-called "taxi squad" for road games in case some players test positive for COVID-19.
Manager Chris Woodward expressed his satisfaction with Yang's performance, saying how "effective" he was on his debut.
"I didn't really know what to expect, but he was impressive," Woodward said. "He made a mistake [giving up a solo home run to José Iglesias], just didn't get [the pitch] down, but other than that, they only hit a few balls hard off of him. It was really, really effective."
"I wasn't really nervous about it," Yang said through an interpreter. "It was actually fun to play where our fans are in the ballpark. I didn't really think of the other opponents, but I was trying to throw out what I have, and what I can offer the team."
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