Canada’s leading hitter Freddie Freeman ended up missing the last game.
Freeman left the Canadian national team before the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Group C League 4 game held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on the 15th (hereinafter Korean time) and returned to the LA Dodgers’ Glendale camp.
Canada coach Ernie Whitt told the LA Times before the game, “Freeman is out of the game today. It’s a decision made by the Dodgers.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also said, “Freeman’s hamstring injury is minor.
Summarizing the stories of the two coaches, it is unknown whether Freeman expressed his intention to participate, but it can be said that the Dodgers team summoned him to the team camp for fear of ‘deteriorating the injury’. It has been reported that Freeman plans to receive a diagnosis from a Dodgers team doctor and plan for future rehabilitation. No further examinations are scheduled at this time, the LA Times said.
Freeman injured his right hamstring while running to first base after hitting against Colombia the previous day.
In the top of the 3rd inning when the score was 0-0, 2 out, 1 base, 2nd at-bat. Freeman kicked up a low outside fastball of 91 mph from Columbian lefty starter Adrian Almeida. The ball soared high above the third base foul line. By the way, Freeman limped his leg as he ran to first base.
Freeman came out as first baseman in defense in the bottom of the third inning. However, he couldn’t hold out any longer in the 4th episode and was replaced by Denzel Clarke. The Canadian club did not disclose which side of the hamstring was injured.
Canada coach Ernie Whitt said after the game, “I don’t think he’ll be in bad shape tomorrow. We’re waiting for a doctor’s diagnosis and a comment from the Dodgers. Again, the most important thing is his health.” Freeman, who went 0-for-2 in 2 at-bats that day, is recording 2 hits in 10 at-bats, 1 RBI and 3 runs in 3 games in this tournament.
Freeman is an American national. However, following the 2017 WBC, he wore the Canadian uniform for this tournament as well. Because it is his mother’s country. His mother, Rosemary Freeman, was born and raised in Canada and died of skin cancer when Freeman was 10 years old.
“I don’t know what my mother wants me to do,”토토사이트 Freeman said in a recent ESPN interview, “but in my heart I feel I have to represent Canada for her mother. She will be proud of her. I think she did the right thing.” “he said.
It is known that the U.S. national team also asked Freeman about his intention to participate in the WBC last summer. If Freeman accepted, the U.S. would have been filled with three giants at first base: Paul Goldschmidt, Freeman, and Pete Alonso. Moreover, the U.S., which has a team of major league all-stars, is a strong team that is aiming for a second consecutive championship following 2017 as a strong candidate for the championship. However, Freeman refused and chose Canada.