Rojas WBC gets off Venezuela’s national team and prepares for the season at the Dodgers.
Major League Baseball shortstop Miguel Rojas (34, LA Dodgers), who was scheduled to join the Venezuelan national team of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), dropped out of the national team.
After consulting with team officials and others on the 28th of last month (local time), Rojas decided that it would be best to withdraw from the WBC and stay at the Dodgers’ camp, MLB 이 reported on the 3rd (Korea Standard Time).
Rojas planned to leave for Florida on the 5th (local time) to join the Venezuelan national team, but main shortstop Gavin Lux (26) was ruled out for the 2023 season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in an exhibition game against the MLB San Diego Padres on the 28th.
“It’s not an easy decision for me,” Rojas said Tuesday. “Being a member of the Venezuelan national team at WBC has always been a priority and it has been really valuable,” he said. “It was one of the best things that no other career can replace.”
In addition, Rojas explained that the biggest reason was that he gave up playing in the tournament because he had to consistently enter the batter’s box in this spring’s game played by the Dodgers. Rojas is expected to take the starting shortstop position for the Dodgers in the 2023 season.
Rojas said, “I think someone needs to step up and take Lux’s place,” adding, “The fact that I’ve been preparing every day for the past nine years to play as a shortstop doesn’t change. “I’m preparing to play 162 games in 2023 season,” he stressed.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “It definitely helps our organization,” adding, “I informed the Dodgers player yesterday (Rohas’ dropout from the national team) and expressed my gratitude to Rojas 토토추천사이트
The Dodgers, which do not have many shortstop resources, recruited Miguel Rojas (34), who was nominated for the National League (NL) shortstop Gold Glove with a solid defense in the Miami Marlins last year. Rojas had a career batting average of 0.260 39 home runs, 269 RBIs and 46 steals in nine big league seasons.