Title: Native of Waukesha, Jarred Kelenic Apologizes and Takes Responsibility for Foot Injury
In a moment of frustration during a game, Jarred Kelenic, a native of Waukesha, took an unfortunate misstep that resulted in a broken foot. The Seattle Mariners outfielder has since expressed remorse for letting his teammates down and has taken full responsibility for his actions.
Although surgery is unlikely to be necessary for his injury, there is currently no timetable for Kelenic’s return to the field. However, despite this setback, the young player has shown improvement in his third year in the big leagues, having hit 11 home runs and maintained a .759 OPS.
Unfortunately, Kelenic is not the only Wisconsin native to be dealing with an injury. He joins Gavin Lux from Kenosha Indian Trail on the injured list. Lux, a player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is also hoping for a speedy recovery.
Looking towards this weekend, baseball fans might have the opportunity to witness an exciting all-Wisconsin matchup. The Atlanta Braves will be facing the Milwaukee Brewers, and there is a possibility of a pitching/batting showdown between Wisconsin natives Ben Heller and Owen Miller.
Heller, who hails from Whitewater High School, recently made his comeback to the major leagues after a yearlong absence and is currently pitching for Atlanta. Miller, a Wisconsinite from Ozaukee, has been filling in as the regular first baseman for the Brewers. If the stars align, this would be the first time since 2023 that two Wisconsinites face each other on the mound and at the plate.
It’s not just Kelenic, Lux, Heller, and Miller who are representing Wisconsin in MLB. Taylor Kohlwey, a Holmen native, recently made his major-league debut with the San Diego Padres and wasted no time before collecting his first career hit shortly after being called up from Class AAA.
Additionally, there are several other notable players from Wisconsin making their mark in the MLB. Daulton Varsho (Marshfield) and Danny Jansen (Appleton West) are part of the Toronto Blue Jays, while Alex Call (River Falls) represents the Washington Nationals. Alec Marsh (Milwaukee Reagan) is a player to watch from the Kansas City Royals.
Even as injuries and setbacks occur, Wisconsin continues to produce talented players who are making their presence felt in the major leagues. Terrin Vavra (Menomonie) of the Baltimore Orioles and Ben Rortvedt (Verona) of the New York Yankees have also seen action at the highest level during this season.
As these native Wisconsinites continue to make strides in their baseball careers, fans across the state eagerly anticipate their return to the field and the great moments they will undoubtedly bring to the game.
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