The Giants need to turn the tide, but an unexpected ‘rope injury’ nightmare has struck.
The Lotte Giants are playing the second game of the weekend series against the KIA Tigers at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 29th.
Before the game, news broke that Yoo Kang-nam, the “8 billion catcher,” was out with an injury. Yoo, who played as a designated hitter the previous day, was replaced by Lee Jung-hoon after two at-bats.
After undergoing a medical examination at a hospital earlier in the day, Yoo was diagnosed with a torn left adductor muscle and was removed from the first team. According to doctors, he will need to rest for two to three weeks. Later in the day, Lotte rostered Information Geun in place of Yoo Kang-nam in the first team. Son Seong-bin wore the starting mask.
With a heavy heart, the game started with a series of injuries just two innings in. Ahn Chi-hong, the captain and starting second baseman, complained of discomfort in his side shortly after batting in the first inning. Park Seung-wook was substituted at second base in his place. Lotte explained, “He had gallbladder symptoms in his left back when he batted, so he was replaced to protect the player.”
Jung Hoon then complained of pain after being hit by a sonnet while fielding Choi Hyung-woo’s single to first base. Han Dong-hee, who was playing third base, moved to first base, and with Noh Jin-hyuk at shortstop, Gudrum, who was playing shortstop, moved to third base. A Lotte official said, “Jung-hoon was hit by a pitch on his left wrist while fielding first base and was replaced. He will be taken to the hospital for a checkup.”안전놀이터
Jeong-hoon showed off his batting prowess the day before by hitting three hits, including a double, as soon as he was called up to the first team. Jung-hoon’s role was crucial, as KIA was scheduled to start three consecutive left-handed batters, including Lee Yi-ri the day before, Yoon Young-chul the next day, and Panoni the day after. Lotte was faced with a nightmare of unexpected veteran injuries.
Fortunately, Lotte said, “Jung-hoon had a checkup and found nothing wrong with the bone and it was just a simple bruise.” It remains to be seen if Ahn Chi-hong and Jung-hoon will be able to play the next day.