Former first-round pick Lee Min-ho, 22,토토사이트 who won 12 games last season and was hailed as the future of the LG Twins’ mound, will undergo two surgeries after all. He has already undergone one surgery and is scheduled to go under the knife again later this month.
LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop met with reporters before the Jamsil Lotte game on the 10th and said, “Lee Min-ho has decided to resolve his military issues after finishing this season. I thought it would be best if he had a clean surgery and then resolved his military issues, but he made the decision himself.”
According to LG officials, Lee Min-ho underwent osteotomy of the olecranon bone on the 10th and will undergo medial collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) of the elbow on the 25th. He will then begin his national defense duties as a public service worker in mid-November.
Earlier, Lee Min-ho personally informed fans of his surgery through his personal social networking service (SNS). He said, “I prepared well to rehabilitate the injury I suffered earlier this season, but my control dropped throughout the season. My arm function wasn’t as good as it used to be, but it was a really important season, so I prepared hard to give it a shot, but I didn’t see much of my original form, so I decided to have surgery as soon as the Futures season ended,” said Lee.
“This year, a lot of fans supported me and expected a lot from me, but I’m sorry I couldn’t show them a good performance. I’m sorry that I couldn’t show them a good performance, but I’ll do my best to recover from the two surgeries and rehabilitate well, so I’ll definitely show them something better than before. Thank you.”
Lee joined the LG Twins in the first round of the 2020 draft after graduating from Hakdong High School, Daechijung University, and Hwimun High School in Seoul. In 2020, his rookie year, he went 4-4 with a 3.69 ERA. In 2021, he went 8-9 with a 4.30 ERA. Last season was his best yet. In 2022, he went 12-8 with a 5.51 ERA, his first 10-win season.
His salary also increased. After earning $98 million in 2022, Lee signed for $140 million, a $42 million increase, ahead of the 2023 season. The increase was 42.9%. It was his first billion-dollar salary.
Heading into the season, Lee was considered the fourth starter in the team, behind Kim Yun-sik. However, he struggled to find his form from the start of the season. He started five games this season, going winless with two losses and a 5.03 ERA. After taking the loss against Kiwoom on April 5, his first start of the year, he was sidelined for two months with a right elbow flexor strain. He was no longer seen on the first team mound until the NC game on June 22. Injury finally caught up with him. Lee Min-ho is considered the future leader of the LG mound. LG fans are looking forward to seeing him again after he undergoes surgery and completes his national defense duties in good health.