New York Yankees left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is preparing to return from injury. He nearly injured Willie Calhoun during live batting.
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Wednesday (June 12) that “live batting is usually done in a relaxed state. There are few observers, and everyone is there with the intention of helping the players improve, but it almost backfired on Rodon.
On the same day, Rodon and Calhoun played a live session, and a ball thrown by Rodon hit Calhoun in the left elbow. Calhoun complained of pain and immediately went back to the clubhouse to be checked out by the medical staff. “Fortunately, his pain subsided after about two minutes,” the media outlet reported, adding that Calhoun escaped serious injury.
Calhoun said, “The ball hit my biceps and nerve. It felt like when I broke my arm in 2021,” he said, describing the dizzying moment. “I was completely paralyzed, but once I got into the trainer’s room, I calmed down,” he said.
It was a close call for Rodon. He signed a six-year, $162 million deal with the Yankees last winter and didn’t play a single game due to injury. He suffered a back injury during spring training. A big-money free agent signing, wearing pinstripes, and not helping the team. Add to that the injury threat to Calhoun, and it’s hard to feel comfortable.
Manager Aaron Boone described the moment Calhoun was hit by the ball as “scary”. Calhoun has been on a roll lately, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 8, then going 1-for-4 in the second game. Against the Boston Red Sox on the 11th, he went 1-for-3 with a home run and one RBI.메이저놀이터
According to the media, “Calhoun is one of the hottest hitters on the Yankees. In his last 13 games, Calhoun is batting .310 (13-for-42) with five doubles, two home runs, and eight RBIs.
Aside from throwing Calhoun pitches that hit him in the body, Rodon also practiced normally. “His fastball was sitting 93-96 mph (149-154 km/h),” Boone said. Rodon said, “My velocity was good. I felt good. I feel like I can do a lot more against other teams,” he said.