It cannot be an easy way to challenge to win the Korean Series in 29 years. The LG Twins start off with bad news from injuries.
A closer pitcher who throws a 158km fastball and a 192cm giant gun prospect who delayed enlisting in the military are scheduled to start the season on the injured list. The opening match entry is misfired.
Lee Jae-won, who hit 13 home runs in 85 games last year, left due to a side muscle injury. Lee Jae-won started in the starting lineup as the 8th hitter in an exhibition game against Kiwoom on the 26th, but was replaced after the first inning was over due to discomfort in his left side right before the game.
On the 27th, LG said, “Lee Jae-won was found to have microscopic damage to his left flank muscle during an MRI scan. He is expected to take at least 2 weeks to recover. He is moving to the rehabilitation unit tomorrow.”
This is the second injury in the same area. Lee Jae-won suffered an oblique muscle injury in his left side at spring camp in the United States at the end of February. The injury, which started as phlegm, took about a month to recover from.
After the camp, Lee Jae-won played for the first time on the 24th before the exhibition game KT. After his injury, he took about a month to play. The LG club said that it takes more than two weeks to recover, but a longer period of time is needed to fully rehabilitate in order to prevent the same area from recurring. The month of April should be regarded as out of power.
Lee Jae-won originally applied for the Sangmu baseball team last winter and was about to pass, but canceled his enlistment application to win LG this season. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop announced that he would hire Lee Jae-won as the starting first baseman and develop him as the fourth hitter in the future, but an injury ahead of the opening game disrupted the plan.
Rookie Song Chan-eui and veteran Kim Hyeon-soo can fill the first baseman spot without Lee Jae-won. Although Kim Hyun-soo did not practice first baseman defense much, he recorded 3 errors in 2 demonstration games. 안전놀이터
It is expected that Ko Woo-seok’s injury will take a long time to recover from. Ko Woo-seok, who recorded the top save in the league last year, suffered an injury while playing for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team.
Ko Woo-seok voluntarily gave up the pitch in an official evaluation match against Orix held in Osaka, Japan on the 6th, complaining of muscle pain in the back of his neck. Since then, due to an injury, he has not been able to pitch in a single game in the WBC tournament, and after returning home on the 14th, it was revealed as a shoulder injury during a detailed examination. An MRI scan revealed inflammation in the supraspinatus muscle, one of the rotator cuff muscles in his right shoulder.
Ko Woo-seok is currently rehabilitating in the rehabilitation group and was unable to participate in the exhibition game. He recently started playing catch. Afterwards, it takes a month for him to complete the bullpen pitching and rehabilitation games through ITP (Interval Throwing Program) such as long toss.
The LG bullpen plans to make up for Ko Woo-seok’s absence with a group finisher. Last year, Jung Woo-young, Lee Jeong-yong, and Kim Jin-seong, who played an active role in Pilseung-jo, and left-hander Lee Woo-chan, have a thick bullpen depth. However, it is a worrying factor that the bullpen pitchers’ balance and pitch are not stable until the end of the demonstration game.