Elian Leyva: “I thought of my team above all else.”

Elián Leyva had a good outing last night against Chinese Taipei, although he had to leave the start due to discomfort in his throwing hand. Elián decided not to risk the team’s well being despite having a difficult in the first inning. The righty managed to walk away without allow any runs in 2 ⅓ innings of labor before leaving the mound due to that injury.

“I hadn’t pitched for many days and due to the humidity I felt discomfort in my pitching hand. I got a cramp in the fingers of my throwing hand and I decided not to continue pitching because of what this game means for us. Here we think about the best for the team, not about ourselves, we have to allow as few runs as possible,” the Mayabeque right-hander told the digital newspaper JIT.


“We know that the Chinese Taipei team is very good and their hitters are very skilled, so I prepared well for each one of them with care. Ariel Martínez and I did a lot of preparation toether before the game together in order to have the best results possible. We also worked together with the pitching coaches to have the best possible start,” added Leyva, in one the most important starts in recent years for Cuban baseball because of the ramifications.

“This was a very important outing for me and for the team, I had already pitched in two previous preparation games and I’ve felt in mid-season form, thank God I was able to make the necessary adjustments in the first inning where I started watering down the pitches and I was able to shut down there bats, something that was very important for the team in the chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals,” added the pitcher for the Naranjos de Hermosillo of the Mexican League.


“Our goal was to advance, that was the main objective, thank God that we achieved it. In the next round I’ll be ready to help the team in any facet. That’s why I decided not to risk the team throwing with discomfort to prevent them from scoring any runs against us,” concluded in his speech just minutes after finishing his work”.

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