Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom, 25) accepted the news of an injury like a thunderbolt that the season was out. Korean baseball’s 4th consecutive Asian Games victory is also an extraordinary feat.
Kiwoom Heroes outfielder Lee Jung-hoo was diagnosed with surgery for an ankle injury that requires at least three months of rehabilitation.바카라사이트
On the 24th, Kiwoom said, “As a result of detailed examinations such as MRI and X-rays at CM Hospital and Sejong Sports Orthopedic Surgery, I was diagnosed with damage to the extensor belt of my left ankle. Damage to the extensor belt is damage to the membrane surrounding the tendon of the ankle, and a suture operation is required for treatment,” he said. The rehabilitation period after surgery takes about 3 months, and it may change depending on the speed of recovery.”
Lee Jung-hoo started as the third hitter in the away game against the Lotte Giants at Sajik Stadium on the 22nd and was replaced due to left ankle pain during the defense at the end of the 8th inning. Since then, there has been an internal response from the club that the degree of injury may be more serious than expected, but there was also a look of hope because there were no symptoms such as fractures.
However, as a result of a detailed examination, surgery and season out were found, and for the first time since his debut in the KBO League in 2017, long-term absence and outing during the season became very likely. This is devastating news for Kiwoom, the current team.
Lee Jung-hoo’s weight is absolute in Kiwoom, which has struggled with batting stagnation throughout this season. Although he suffered extreme sluggishness at the beginning of the season, he raised his batting average of 0.319 / 105 hits / 6 homers / 45 RBIs / 50 runs / OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.863 in 85 games, predicting a great counterattack in the second half. However, as the surgery was confirmed, Kiwoom’s dream of fall baseball became even more difficult.
At the same time, the fact that Lee Jung-hoo, who was the spiritual and practical leader, left before the most important international competition is the biggest bad news for ‘Ryu Joong-il-ho’. The national baseball team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, led by coach Joong-il Ryu, will play preliminary rounds and final rounds before and after the tournament, which will open on September 23.
No matter how fast Lee Jeong-hoo’s recovery period is set, it is realistically very difficult to play in the Asian Games, which are two months away, given the opinion that the surgery will take more than three months. The centerpiece of Ryu Joong-il’s beasts in this tournament was Lee Jeong-hu and Kang Baek-ho (KT), who were of the same age.
In particular, Lee Jung-hoo was chosen as a strong captain candidate for the undecided team. It is true that while Kang Baek-ho was struggling with his WBC participation and attitude controversy this season, expectations for Lee Jung-hoo’s role as a leader both on and off the pitch increased. There were many rosy prospects inside and outside the baseball world that Lee Jung-hoo, who won the league MVP last season, will make a splendid finale with a gold medal before advancing to the major leagues, which was predicted to be after the end of this season as the leader and key player of the national team.
Due to Lee Jung-hoo’s departure, an emergency light came into Ryu Joong-il’s plan, who was aiming for four consecutive championships following Guangzhou in 2010, Incheon in 2014, and Jakarta-Palembang in 2018.
In this tournament, Korea was accelerating the generational change by including the biggest amateur pitcher, Jang Hyeon-seok (Masan Yongma High School), centered on Lee Jeong-hoo, and selecting a large number of new talents in the league. However, as the core of the team was missing, the tournament strategy had to be completely rethought.