Auckland, California. (AP) – Matt Chapman leaned to the right at Kurt Suzuki’s sharp diving stop, jumped to his feet, and kicked one jumper to get out first.
Chapman returned to his familiar spot at the Oakland Athletics Third Base on Friday, playing in a hot corner again for the first time in almost six months to make sure he felt right about winning the Platinum Glove double.
Chapman, 27, played 60 games in the 2020 season due to an epidemic due to an injury to his right thigh, which required surgery in September.
Thus, it is easy to see why the mollusk feels so happy, not to mention reassuring, – returning there, confidently doing its job with AL’s Western rival “Angels” in Mesa, Arizona7. In the defeat with a score of 3.
“My thigh did not bother me,” he said. “Going to prepare that play, I didn’t really think about anything, I just made that play, got up, threw myself. “It’s kind of fun to try it out and see where it goes.”
In January, he received a $ 6.49 million one-year contract to avoid arbitration, a sharp rise after he received a salary of $ 2,303,926 last year from $ 623,500.
Chapman had 10 homers հ 25 RBI before the injury. He missed out on Auckland’s third consecutive playoff berth, which ended in a four-game Division Series loss to AL West champions Houston Astros.
About the terrible game on the second Friday of Friday, starting with pitcher James Ames Caprielyan said. “Things like that scare me.”
This, of course, showed Chapman that he was back, ready to go to work, and this time planning a healthy, full season.
“The most reassuring thing for me is to just go out there and do a diving play the way I appear, to do the play in a way that doesn’t hurt anything,” he said. “It just seemed like it was normal, normal, able to go to those performances, without any pain. So it gives me confidence, it gives me hope that I will be able to do those performances, I will not have anything bad. ”
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