Kim Jae-hwan (35), the fourth hitter of the Doosan Bears, is preparing to revive as a home run king. On the 14th of last month, he departed for Sydney, Australia, the spring camp training ground, and was actually starting camp about 15 days earlier. After undergoing surgery to remove a bone fragment in his right elbow in October of last year, he went through rehabilitation training every day throughout the winter and was the first member of the team to board a plane to Australia. As much as that, he was perfectly prepared to make his body healthy and sweat.
On the 2nd, Jaehwan Kim met with reporters at the Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia and revealed that he is doing well in all training sessions without any pain. Since he is in the early stages of camp, he is only careful about throwing training, and the rest of the defense training is proceeding normally.
Kim Jae-hwan said, “In fact, my arm condition was worse before the surgery. There is no case where the operation did not return 100%. It was the simplest surgery to the extent that pitchers said it was not a surgery but a procedure. I don’t understand. It was also a surgery that I didn’t have to do if I said there was a problem with the spring camp when I had the surgery.
As Kim Jae-hwan is the team’s core strength, the coaches are meticulously checking his physical condition just in case. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop plans to appoint Kim Jae-hwan as the designated hitter if necessary, taking care not to put too much strain on the surgical area.
안전놀이터 Kim Jae-hwan said, “The coaches and coaches are worried about me, but I’m in really good shape.”
Coach Lee ordered Kim Jae-hwan to hand over the captaincy to Heo Gyeong-min (33) starting this year so that he could focus only on the plate. Heo Gyeong-min happily accepted the captain’s armband and left a message to Kim Jae-hwan, saying, “Now, as the fourth hitter, please feel free to hit a lot of home runs, and I will do the hard work.”
Kim Jae-hwan expressed his feelings to Heo Kyung-min, saying, “I was grateful because he said that he thought of me. He said that he would work hard, and that he told me to do well is something I am really grateful for.”
Last season was a year that didn’t work out like my heart. It was the first year that he signed a 4-year, 11.5 billion won large contract with Doosan after obtaining FA qualification for the first time in his life. It was a difficult report card for the fourth hitter to be satisfied with.
Director Lee thinks Kim Jae-hwan’s help is essential for the reconstruction of the Doosan Dynasty. This is the reason why we held individual interviews with Kim Jae-hwan from the day of his inauguration. Coach Lee also set a goal for Kim Jae-hwan, saying, “This year, 40 homers.” Kim Jae-hwan has the experience of hitting 44 homers in the 2018 season and winning MVP.
Regarding the possibility of achieving 40 home runs, Kim Jae-hwan promised to revive, saying, “The coach’s wish is my wish. I think it is a job that must be done. Of course, I must prepare and work hard to be able to do it.”