South Korean first baseman Choi Ji-man has homered in his debut for the New York Yankees.
Choi hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning against Toronto Blue Jays starter Mark Estrada at Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday (local time) in his first game with the Yankees. The 26-year-old was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added him to the active roster earlier Wednesday after the Yankees designated their first baseman Chris Carter for assignment.
Choi, who batted seventh, hit a grounder to first base in his first plate appearance in the third but blasted a two-run drive into the right-field seats when the Yankees were trailing 5-2. According to MLB's Statcast, his home run would have traveled 457 feet unimpeded.
However, the two-run home run turned out to be Choi's only hit of the game as he hit infielder grounders in his next two at-bats. The Yankees lost the game 7-6.