After the opening of the KBO League, the clubs were hit with bad news from injuries.
On the 3rd, the Lotte Giants said, “Pitcher Lee Min-seok and catcher Ji-wan Ji were injured.” “Lee Min-seok was found to have elbow ligament damage. He will be re-diagnosed for the location and extent.”
Lee Min-seok is a second-year pitcher who was selected메이저놀이터 by Lotte as the first nomination in the 2022 rookie draft after graduating from Kaesong High School.
He went 1-1 with an ERA of 7.20 in 5 games in his exhibition games this year. And he boarded the opening entry, but complained of elbow pain during the opening match against Doosan Bears held at Jamsil Stadium on the 1st, and was eventually excluded from the first team entry.
Regarding Ji Ji-wan, Lotte said, “It will take about 4 to 6 weeks to return due to a 2nd degree tear in the left internal oblique muscle (side).”
Ji Ji-wan complained of pain in his side during pre-match training and was eliminated from the first team entry on the same day as Lee Min-seok.
On the same day, KIA Tigers’ Kim Do-young also had a surgery schedule due to an injury.
According to the KIA, “As a result of Kim Do-young’s re-examination, he received the same examination findings as yesterday for a fracture of the left metatarsal bone (instep). The re-examination hospital will operate on the 4th.” revealed
Kim Do-young was in good condition this season with a batting average of 0.295, 2 home runs and 8 RBIs in the demonstration games, and 4 hits in 8 at-bats and a batting average of 0.500 in the opening two games of the regular season, but was suddenly injured.