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Team Japan honored Seiya Suzuki after winning the World Baseball Classic

2 months agoTony Andracki

Shortly after Shohei Ohtani struck out Mike Trout to put the finishing touches on an epic World Baseball Classic, Team Japan showed their support for an injured teammate.

Outfielder Seiya Suzuki was supposed to be a big part of Team Japan in the 2023 WBC but an oblique injury suffered before the Cubs’ first Cactus League game in late February forced Suzuki out of the tournament.

He had to watch his countrymen from afar though Team Japan always kept him with them:

Earlier in the tournament, Suzuki’s jersey was captured on camera during the game hanging in the Japan dugout:

Suzuki also did what he could to help his team remotely, lightening the mood for Munetaka Murakami, who wound up overcoming a slump to play the role of hero Monday night with a 2-run walk-off double to send Japan to the championship against Team USA.

Suzuki has been progressing well in his rehab lately, including playing long toss, running sprints and getting work in the batting cage on Tuesday.

Suzuki has been out since Feb. 25 and will not be ready by Opening Day. The Cubs don’t have a timetable on how much regular season action the outfielder will miss but he will likely need at least several weeks to get up to game speed.

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