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Mid-Season Roster Changes
12/19/2017 1:32 AM ET

SYDNEY - The Sydney Blue Sox are saddened to announce that import catcher Jin-De Jhang has left the team due to injury and has returned home. Jhang has returned to the US to be evaluated by the Pirate doctors. The injury is to his right elbow and the serverity is currently unknown. 

In his short time with the team Jhang has shown his talent, being selected to the World All-Star team for the upcoming ABL All-Star game. In 12 games during the season Jhang was able to hit .273 with a home run and 5 RBIs. Jhang was also able to impress with his stellar defence, throwing out nearly a dozen runners on the base paths throughout the season.

American John Collins will replace Jhang on the roster for the rest of the season. Collins has been playing for the Cronulla Sharks in the State League competition for the past several years. Collins appeared in the recent series against the Melbourne Aces, playing in two games where he was able to collect his first hit in the ABL.

The Blue Sox would also like to announce the return of fan-favourite Todd Van Steensel to the roster. The Right-Handed Pitcher will make his first appearance for the Blue Sox this season in the upcoming series against the Melbourne Aces. In his last season with the team he had a impressive 1.42 ERA across 7 relief appearances.

During the Blue Sox off-season, van Steensel played for Double-A team Chattanooga Lookouts where he had a strong season with an ERA of 1.38 across 58 innings pitched as a reliever for the Southern League team who were co-champions this year.

You can come and see our new additions to the roster when we take on the Melbourne Aces starting on 28th December. Tickets are available at - Book online and save 10%.

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