The KBO Power Enhancement Committee and head coach Ryu Jung-il must be worried. At the request of the Korean Sports Federation, they handed over their preliminary and final rosters for the Hangzhou Asian Games early. However, there are one or two injuries. With the KBO playing every day, injuries are an inevitable risk.
The Games are less than two months away. If a player suffers a major injury from now on, he won’t be able to compete. Unfortunately, this has already happened. Lee Jung-hoo (Kium) was expected to be a mainstay of the national team. At the age of 25, he was on the verge of entering the major leagues and already had plenty of international experience. However, on the 22nd, while defending against Busan Lotte, he injured his left ankle’s extensor ligament and went to the operating table on the 27th. He will need three months of rehabilitation. Not only will he miss the Asian Games, but his season is effectively over.
The injuries keep coming. The player whose participation in the Asian Games is most uncertain at this point is Koo Chang-mo (NC). On June 2, he faced only one batter against LG Electronics in Jamsil. In fact, he has been out of action for two and a half months since May 17 against the Incheon SSG. Flexor injury. On June 21 against Daejeon Hanwha, Kang said he will have a re-check in three to four weeks.
He will have another checkup in early to mid-August. If things don’t improve quickly, it’s likely that he won’t be able to participate in the Asian Games. If he is cleared to touch the ball in early to mid-August, he will be able to get back in shape and compete in late September. On the other hand, if he continues to rest for a period of time after the re-test, he will not only miss the Asian Games, but could be out for the season.
It’s not over. Kang Baek-ho (KT) was sent down to the second team to work on his mental game. This is the second year in a row that he’s been in a slump in the KBO. But when he’s on the international scene, he’s on fire. 47 at-bats, 17 hits, .362 batting average, 9 RBI, 6 runs scored. If Lee Jung-hoo can’t play, and Kang Baek-ho can’t play, that leaves only Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha) as a possible center fielder for the national team. However, Kang Baek-ho isn’t sick, so the risk is small.
The most recent injury is Na Kyun-ahn (Lotte). He was scheduled to start against the Gwangju Kia on Tuesday, but was suddenly canceled. He injured his hamstring during training on the 29th. He thought he only needed to skip his start on the 30th, but it turned out to be 안전놀이터 a sprain and he’ll need to take two to three weeks off. If I can take two to three weeks off and come back clean, I think I’ll be fine for the Asian Games. But at this point, it’s not a good sign to be sick or injured enough to miss a game.
The final roster for the Asian Games can be changed up until the last minute by selecting a replacement from the preliminary roster in case of injury, so there is no reason for the KBO to select a replacement at this point. They will check the players’ performance and select replacements as late as possible from among the healthy players. The most important thing is that Koo Chang-mo, Kang Baek-ho, and Na Kyun-an don’t miss the Asian Games.