KIA Tigers catcher Han Seung-taek (29) has been removed from the first team roster due to a micro-tear in his adductor muscle.
Prior to their game against the Gochuk Kiwoom Heroes on Thursday, KIA manager Kim Jong-guk said, “(Han) Seung-taek felt pain in his side and went to the hospital this morning, and the results showed that he had a torn muscle. He needs to rest, so he was dropped from the first team.”
Han is batting .141 with three RBIs and five runs scored in 40 games this season. He had been competing for a starting spot alongside Shin Beom-soo and Joo Hyo-sang, but his batting struggles have led to fewer and fewer appearances recently. His slump was compounded by an injury.메이저사이트
“In the ninth inning of the game on the 13th, he felt pain in his left adductor muscle after swinging at first base,” said a club representative. “He underwent an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) examination at Sejong Sports Orthopedics, and it was determined that he had a micro-tear (1.5 centimeters) in his adductor muscle and needed about four weeks of stability and rehabilitation.”
KIA called up Kim Sun-woo on the same day to fill the void left by Han Seung-taek. Kim batted .257 with one home run, 11 RBIs, and 17 runs scored in 42 games in the Futures (Second Division) League. “Kim was one of the four catchers who went to spring training before the season. He has received a lot of balls from the pitchers in the first team, so I believe he will show good chemistry,” said Kim.
Meanwhile, KIA slugger Na Sung-beom, who has been rehabbing from a calf injury, will have his final medical checkup on the 15th. If there is no major abnormality, he will play in a Futures League game on the 20th to check his practical feelings.