Veteran right-hander Darvish Yu left behind the glory of winning the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and returned to his team, the San Diego Padres.
Darvish said in an interview with local media on the 24th (Korean time) at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona, where the Padres spring camp is trained, that he plans to focus on preparing for the season, saying, “It is now a thing of the past.”
Unlike other major leaguers who participated in the WBC, Darvish joined the Japanese national team in February. He has spent more time with the Japanese national team than with the Padres.
During the tournament, he started against Korea, but did not play many innings. He only pitched six innings in three appearances.
It’s not a good situation considering the season. He acknowledged that it was “a different camp than usual” and said, “I’m a bit worried.”
Regarding the upcoming season, he said, “I will see how I feel and how I feel,” he said, and will proceed with the schedule after discussions with the coaching staff. First of all, the goal is to throw 4 innings in the next actual game.
Regarding the newly introduced pitching clock (time limit for pitching) this season, he said, “I will get used to it,” and expected it to not be a big problem.
Regarding the national team experience,메이저사이트 “The most beautiful thing was spending time with talented young pitchers from Japan. Getting to know them and becoming friends meant something to me.”
He, who experienced his second championship victory after 2009, said, “Compared to the previous role, the role was a little different, but both wins were really good.”
He also thanked the Padres team for allowing him to join the national team early, saying, “Thank you for believing in me and allowing me to join the national team early.”