Tampa Bay Rays infielder Curtis Mead, who is included in the 40-man roster of the Tampa Bay Rays, was virtually unable to participate in the WBC (World Baseball Classic). This is a good news for Lee Kang-cheol, who will play the first match of the first round against Australia.
‘Tampa Bay Times’ reported on the 22nd (Korean time), “Curtis Mead, a promising prospect who has recovered from an elbow injury, will not play for the Australian national team and will focus on competing for a roster spot in spring training.” 스포츠토토
Mid, who has played in the Australian Baseball League (ABL) since 2017, signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies of the American Professional Baseball (MLB) in 2018, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in November 2019, and then moved up to the minor league Triple A in 2022.
Mead played in 76 games in Double-A and Triple-A last year, recording 13 homers, 50 RBIs, a batting average of 0.298, an on-base percentage of 0.390, and a slugging percentage of 0.532. The absence of Midfielder, an infielder with talent enough to be evaluated as the second best prospect in the Tampa Bay team last year, is good news for Korea, which is preparing for the WBC.
Korea, which is included in Group B of this tournament, will play its first round match against Australia on March 9 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Afterwards, Japan will face off against Japan on the 10th, the Czech Republic on the 12th, and China on the 13th.
Coach Lee Kang-cheol considers his first match against Australia as the most important match. If Korea defeats Australia, it will be advantageous to secure second place in Group B, and it will be able to focus its efforts against Japan, the strongest team in Group B.
In Australia, White Sox closer Liam Hendricks was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and was unable to participate in the WBC