After Edwin Rios underwent end-of-season surgery last May to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder, the Los Angeles Dodgers attempted to approach their bank by soliciting Yoshi Tsutsugo from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tsutsugo was over $ 12 million last season of a two-year contract and was selected for use in 26 games after a weak .167 / .244 / .218.
Despite his general troubles since jumping from Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball in 2020, the 30-year-old was confident the Dodgers coaches could help him return to his former form.
Tsutsugo went on to make his team debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Jan.
A right calf injury placed Tsutsugo on the 10-day injury list. While the Dodgers were planning to activate him after completing a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City, they finally decided to remove him from their 40-man list in July.
Tsutsugo granted derogations and stayed with the top member of the organization for another month until he was released in mid-August. He went on to sign a major league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and had far more success.
Ironically, Tsutsugo made his Pirates debut against the Dodgers on August 16, scoring a pinch-hit double in his only at-bat. In a total of 43 games with Pittsburgh, he hit a solid .268 / .347 / .535 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 25 RBI over 144 record appearances.
Tsutsugo’s highlight 2021
Tsutsugo’s best moment of the 2021 season came as a member of the Pirates when he won a home run and two RBIs in a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-4 on August 21st, with a 9-5 loss to statistic line the Cincinnati Reds on September 20th.
Outlook for 2022
After a resurgent performance in Pittsburgh, the Pirates signed Tsutsugo again to a one-year contract for the 2022 season. He is expected to be their first baseman next year and also expects to have time at both corner outfield spots.
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