Sixto Sanchez (25, Miami Marlins), who disappeared after an intense debut season, returned after losing weight. He lost a whopping 21kg.
On the 11th (Korean time), the official Major League Baseball website, ‘MLB.com’, announced that Sanchez lost 46 pounds (about 21 kg) from 260 pounds (about 118 kg) last year through diet control and exercise.
Sanchez, who has undergone repeated surgery and rehabilitation for a shoulder injury for the past two years, revealed the reason for the diet, saying, “I think it will be helpful to lighten the body in order not to put too much strain on the shoulder.” Miami’s new head coach Skip Shoemaker expected, “I lost about 40 pounds, and it looks really good.”
Sanchez, a right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, was originally a top prospect for the Philadelphia Phillies. After signing an international amateur contract with Philadelphia in February 2015, he threw up to 100 miles (160.9 km) in the minors and rose to the ranks of prospects within the team, but in February 2019, he was traded for special catcher JT Realmuto and transferred to Miami. 메이저사이트
He made his major league debut in 2020 during his shortened COVID-19 season. He led Miami to the postseason for the first time in 17 years, leading with an average 98.6 mile (158.7 km) four-seam fastball, 7 games (39 innings), 3 wins, 2 losses, an average ERA of 3.46 and 33 strikeouts. In Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Chicago Cubs, he also laid the foundation for his team’s victory with a good pitching of 5 scoreless innings from the start.
However, for the next two years, he disappeared from the major leagues. In July 2021, the joint capsule on the back of his shoulder ruptured, and he underwent surgery and was out for the season, and the entire 2022 year was also blown. He played a simulation game in August of last year, but felt shoulder discomfort, and underwent shoulder arthroscopic surgery in October and became a ‘cyber’ pitcher.
Sanchez said, “It has been very difficult in the meantime. Watching my teammates play baseball for years, I wanted to be with them too. I was very frustrated, and it was difficult to maintain a positive attitude. It was really difficult with repeated setbacks, but fortunately, now I am looking forward with the team.”
He has already pitched five bullpens before spring training. With 85% condition, the speed limit is 88 miles (141.6 km). Coach Shoemaker said, “I’ve only seen Sanchez through videos. Rehabilitation has progressed too slowly, and probably no one is as frustrated as that.” The good news is that there are no injuries right now and I look forward to seeing him at some point during the season.”