The Japanese media reported the news of the release of Hanwha Eagles foreign pitcher Birch Smith.
Japanese baseball media ‘Full Count’ said on the 20th, “Smith, who played for the Seibu Lions last year, signed a contract with Hanwha under the condition of a guaranteed amount of $ 800,000 this season. Less than a month after opening, I received a notice of release.” The media also added, “Hanwha signed a contract with Venezuelan left-hander Ricarto Sanchez at an annual salary of $400,000 instead of Smith.”
Smith, who had been injured since his days in the major leagues and last year with the Seibu Lions of the Japanese professional baseball league, was evaluated as a pitcher who could succeed as long as he did not get sick because of his excellent pitch. In the spring camp practice game, he had no hits and no runs in 4⅓ innings in 2 games and 15 strikeouts in 3 games in 12⅔ innings in the exhibition game, with 2 runs and an earned run average of 1.42.
Smith started as a starting pitcher in the regular season opener against Kiwoom on the 1st and came down the mound early with 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 2 runs in 2⅔ innings. In the 3rd inning, 2nd out, 1st and 2nd base Edison Russell showed symptoms of abnormality during the at-bat, and as a result of the examination, it was found that there was a slight damage to his shoulder muscle. Hanwha decided that they could not wait any longer for Smith’s slow recovery, and took out a replacement card.
The media said, “Smith, who pitched in 20 games for Seibu last year and left 1 win, 1 loss and 4 holds (average ERA of 3.29), entered the Korean stage this season and was selected as the starter for the opening game. He came down and threw only 2⅔ innings before leaving the team.” 메이저사이트