Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes), who had ankle surgery, making it virtually impossible to return to the regular season. Lee Jung-hoo’s injury was caused by wet outfield grass.
Lee Jung-hoo complained of left ankle pain during the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Lotte Giants match held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 22nd and was replaced.
As a result of a close examination, it was diagnosed that the extensor zone, a membrane that surrounds the tendon of his left ankle, was damaged, and he eventually underwent surgery. His expected rehabilitation period is 3 months.
On the 25th, ahead of the Hanwha Eagles match at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, coach Hong Won-ki Kiwoom met with reporters and said, “I met and talked with Lee Jung-hoo.”
Lee Jung-hoo explained the situation at the time of his injury to coach Hong. Director Hong said, “The yellow grass was a bit softer and muddy than the green grass. Lee Jung-hoo said that he felt pain when his feet were stuck in the grass and pushed off while he was starting to catch a ball.”
In addition to the match day, it was explained that the stadium had a lot of water as a whole due to the recent continuous heavy rain, which led to injuries.
On the 23rd, the day after Lee Jung-hoo was injured, it rained in and out of the stadium. In the case of Kiwoom’s attack in the top of the 6th inning, after the game stopped due to rain, it was delayed by 1 hour and 22 minutes through a process such as ground maintenance.
It is likely to be regrettable as much as the leading hitter was lost, but coach Hong was wary of an extended interpretation, saying, “It seems unreasonable to blame the ground management.”
He said, “Other players also played under the same conditions.
However, I couldn’t help but feel bad about the rain. Despite heavy rain this season, Kiwoom had few opportunities to save stamina as there were only a few canceled games in the rain.
On the 29th of last month, in the Gwangju expedition, he led 4-0 and was declared a no game, swallowing regret on the contrary.꽁머니
Director Hong smiled bitterly, saying, “This year, it seems that I really have a bad relationship with Rain.”