Major Leaguer Anderson Espinoza hopes to finally uniform up with Caracas Lions and pitch in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) for the 2022-23 season.
The Creole highlighted in an interview that he requested the necessary permission from the Chicago Cubs to be part of the winter ball, hoping that they will give him the decision in the coming days.
“I already asked permission to play with Leones this year. Now the Cubs are deciding and in the next few days they will let me know what the plan is for me. I hope to report as soon as possible… somewhere around November 15, I hope to be pitching with the team,” he said.
The 24-year-old pitcher fulfilled his dream of making his Major League debut last May.
Espinoza was used as a trade piece by the San Diego Padres to the Cubs, who received outfielder Jake Marisnick.
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The man from Caracas returned to the mound this season for the first time since 2016, when he suffered an injury that forced him to undergo a pair of Tommy John surgeries.
“I don’t know how long I’ll play, it all depends on how I feel and what plans we have between me and the Cubs. Next year is an important year for me and I have to be careful when executing the plan for my well-being”, she stressed.
“Physically I feel great. The discomfort and injuries disappeared in my life, thank God. I feel great, but I need more game rhythm, those four years that I lost due to injuries did not pass in vain”, he highlighted.
Before his injury, Espinoza expressed his desire to play with Leones, something he hopes to accomplish this season.
“I don’t see any reason why they won’t let me play in Venezuela, but if that’s the case, I’ll let you know what I think, and I’ll fight until the last chance to make my debut with the glorious Leones del Caracas,” he concluded.