Jason Heyward, who had a bad performance in the Chicago Cubs, is aiming for a revival after joining the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced in an interview with reporter Fabian Ardaya of ‘The Athletic’ on the 24th (Korean time), “Outfielders Hayward and James Outman will be named in the lineup for the opening game.” 메이저놀이터
The Dodgers need to add a 40-man roster to get Hayward on board, but with Gavin Lux on the 60-day disabled list, Jimmy Nelson and Daniel Hudson both injured, it doesn’t look like much action will be needed.
Hayward is expected to help the Dodgers between center field and right field. He came to the Dodgers after suffering a long slump in the Cubs, and is dreaming of a revival by revising his batting form in this spring camp. In this exhibition game, he has a batting average of 0.200, 2 homers, 4 RBIs, 6 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.658.
Another outfielder, Outman, made his debut last year and raised expectations by recording a batting average of 0.462, one home run, and OPS of 1.409 in four games. And in this exhibition game, he is showing good form with a batting average of 0.295, 2 homers, 10 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.930.
Out Man said, “I thought he was going to cry, but he didn’t. He just said ‘wow’, and it was like a dream,” he said, and was very happy to join the roster.
Gavin Lux’s injury was the biggest reason the Dodgers had two players on their opening roster. Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts are expected to spend more time playing as infielders due to the injury of their main shortstop, so additional outfielders are needed. Manager Roberts predicted, “Betts will play about 20 games at second base.”
The Dodgers will start the season with David Peralta, Trace Thompson, Hayward and Outman. Taylor is going to be a super utility in my outfield, and Betts will be going back and forth between second base and right field.