Seiya Suzuki, who is in his second year in the major leagues, was unable to participate in the World Baseball Classic due to a side injury. He sparked not only the Japanese national team, but also his team, the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs plan to play Trey Mancini in right field as an alternative.
‘The Athletic’ reporter Patrick Mooney said on the 2nd (Korean time), “It’s not yet clear how much Suzuki’s injury is, but he may miss the beginning of the season. Accordingly, Mancini is planning to use him as a right fielder.”
Mancini moved to the Cubs this offseason. He was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2020. However, after undergoing chemotherapy, he overcame cancer and returned to the ground. Afterwards, he announced his perfect comeback by awarding even his comeback.
He recorded a career batting average of 0.265, 125 homers, 372 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.787. Last season, he had a batting average of 0.239, 18 homers, 63 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.710 between Baltimore and Houston Astros. He hasn’t been in great form since his trade to Houston, but he’s picked up a World Series championship ring.메이저사이트
Mancini’s primary position is first base, and was expected to share first base with Eric Hosmer. However, due to Suzuki’s injury, he is being planned as a right field resource.
He remembers watching the corner outfield for the Baltimore Orioles when Chris Davis was in charge of first base. He has played 212 games in left field and 100 games in right field. His outfield defense is below average, but he’s expected to help out a lot on the hitting end.
With Eric Hosmer also on first base for the Cubs, it was necessary to organize the two players’ trips, but with Suzuki leaving, Mancini was able to see right fielder for a while, and the batting line was rather strengthened. It’s very unlikely that Mancini will play full-time right field, but he plans to do so until Suzuki returns.