MLB: Cubs Lefthander Shota Imanaga Added to NL Roster for All-Vital particular person Sport; Turns into ninth Eastern Chosen in Rookie Season

MLB: Cubs Lefthander Shota Imanaga Added to NL Roster for All-Vital particular person Sport; Turns into ninth Eastern Chosen in Rookie Season

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Shota Imanaga throws against the Philadelphia Phillies for the length of the first inning of a baseball sport Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Chicago.

By Yu Hirasawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondant

13:12 JST, July 8, 2024

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs lefthander Shota Imanaga on Sunday changed into as soon as named to the National League roster for the upcoming All-Vital particular person Sport, making him the ninth Eastern player to discover the midsummer classic in his first season within the indispensable leagues.

Imanaga, who joined the Cubs after eight seasons with the Yokohama BayStars, has compiled a 7-2 listing in 16 begins with a 3.16 earned hasten life like.

“It’s lawful files that I’m in a position to present for Cubs followers who agree with supported me and for folk in Japan who look my video games,” Imanaga acknowledged.

Asked if making the All-Vital particular person Sport changed into as soon as a goal he had location for himself, Imanaga answered, “Spherical Might per chance per chance, I changed into as soon as ready to a diploma to pitch in a single design that I believed I may per chance per chance well well and started thinking, ‘Per chance I’m in a position to salvage picked.’ To salvage chosen is an infinite honor.”

Imanaga will likely be a part of Los Angeles Dodgers well-known particular person Shohei Ohtani, who changed into as soon as a fan option and will likely be an NL starter because the designated hitter, because the acceptable assorted Eastern within the All-Vital particular person Sport to be performed July 16 in Arlington, Texas.

“I by no manner knowing I may per chance per chance well well be reunited with him in that environment,” Imanaga acknowledged. “He’s a player who is at the cease of the game. It’s a possibility to receive what he’s doing, and I’d love to ask him the secret to his success.”

As for what he expects if he will get the prospect to the mound in Arlington, Imanaga acknowledged, “I’m in a position to excellent prevail in what I’m in a position to prevail in. I will pitch correct love I in reality agree with been doing, and I’ll be cosy if assorted folk come to know my face and title.”

Imanaga joked that surely one of his fears is that assorted gamers now no longer acutely aware of him may per chance per chance well well mistake him for his interpreter Edwin Stanberry.

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