Yang Hyeon-jong to pitch in Major League exhibition game
Left-handed pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong will finally take the mound in a Major League exhibition game.
Yang is scheduled to pitch one inning for the Texas Rangers on Sunday, at 5:05 a.m. Monday Korean Standard Time, versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.
According to the pitching schedule, Mike Foltynewicz will start against the Dodgers for two innings, while Dane Dunning and Kyle Cody are scheduled to follow Folynewicz for two innings. Yang and Jordan Lyles will take the mound after and pitch one inning each.
Yang signed a one-year split contract with the Rangers last month, which calls for a player to earn different salaries in the majors and Minor League.
If he joins the Major League, he will receive $1.3 million in annual salary and $550,000 in bonus based on his performance – but in the Minor League, he will endure financial losses. Nevertheless, Yang decided to challenge himself to achieve his long-cherished dream of being in the Major League.
Yang joined spring training only on Feb. 24 due to visa issues. He pitched two bullpen sessions on Feb. 26 and March 1, and pitched live for the first time on March 4.
The exhibition game is his chance to prove his ability.
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