Kiwoom Heroes, as well as Korean baseball, have been given a red light.

Outfielder Lee Jung-hoo (25), Kiwoom’s leading hitter, will be out for three months due to an ankle injury.

On the 24th, Kiwoom said, “Lee Jung-hoo underwent a detailed examination at CM Hospital and Sejong Sports Orthopedic Surgery on the 24th, such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and X-rays. He was diagnosed with damage to the extensor zone of his left ankle and needed suture surgery.” He added that “extensor zone damage is damage to the membrane that surrounds the ankle tendons.”

Earlier, on the 22nd, Lee Jeong-hoo suffered pain in his left ankle while defending in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Lotte Giants and was replaced. He was expunged from the first-team entry on the 23rd and received a detailed examination twice in the morning and afternoon on the 24th.

It is a super-emergency in terms of raising. Lee Jung-hoo has been the center of the team’s outfield since the days of Nexen Heroes. Debuting in 2017, when he was canceled from the first team entry due to shoulder pain in 2018 and side pain in 2021, he stood up after shaking his head in less than a month. He boasts the same ability and will as an ‘iron man’ and has played more than 100 games every season until last year. He was the central axis that could be called ‘the heart of Kiwoom’. However, he played only 85 games this season and was in danger of ‘season out’.

Kiwoom had to fill the vacancy of Lee Jung-hoo from the Lotte match on the 23rd. Fortunately, substitute foreign hitter Ronnie Dawson was able to put out the urgent fire thanks to a big success with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 3 runs as starting center fielder. However, Dawson was the candidate to create a synergistic effect by taking on the corner outfielder if Lee Jung-hoo played the center fielder. As Lee Jung-hoo’s long-term departure is inevitable, it is time to reorganize the outfield centering on Dawson. Veteran Lee Yong-kyu, who has returned from injury, as well as Lim Byung-wook, Kim Jun-wan, and Lee Hyung-jong, must contribute to minimizing Lee Jung-hoo’s void.안전놀이터

As much as he is on the operating table, it is expected that it will be difficult for Lee Jung-hoo to participate in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which will open in September. His departure, the nucleus of air defense, is a huge loss for the national baseball team led by coach Ryu Joong-il. Dark clouds hung over the Asian Games preparation process of ‘Ryu Joong-il-ho’ and the achievement of the gold medal goal from the start.

Lee Jung-hoo can also be a bad news personally. Lee Jung-hoo plans to challenge the major leagues through the posting system (private competitive bidding) after this season. However, in July, when the season was in full swing, he encountered a rock called ankle surgery. His healthy comeback also depends on his personal aspirations of advancing to the stage of his dreams. In many ways, the attention of baseball fans has been focused on the successful rehabilitation of the ‘genius hitter’.

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