KT Wiz Kang Baek-ho will not be able to play in the fall baseball game. Even if KT succeeds in advancing to the Korean Series, it is expected that it will be difficult to see Kang Baek-ho.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced the list of players on the 29th, a day before the first game of the playoffs (PO, best of 5) between the KT Wiz and NC Dinos.
KT Wiz, who advanced to the playoffs by finishing second in the regular season, will play the 2023 Shinhan Bank KBO postseason against NC Dinos, who finished the wild card game in a single game and succeeded in an upset in the semi-playoffs, at KT Wiz Park in Suwon at 6:30 pm on the 30th. The first game is off.
KT’s main hitter, Kang Baek-ho, was ultimately unable to make the entry. Kang Baek-ho felt pain in his side while batting during a practice game on the 26th. Following a hospital examination, he was diagnosed with damage to his right internal oblique muscle. Typically, when an internal oblique muscle injury is diagnosed, it takes about 2 to 3 weeks to recover to normal.
Instead of Kang Baek-ho, rookie Jung Jun-young was named as an infielder instead. Jung Jun-young played in 34 games this season and achieved a batting average of 0.292 (14 hits in 48 at-bats), 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.666. After the game against Samsung on July 23rd, he suffered a torn right thigh muscle and was taken out of the lineup, and since then, he has not returned to the first team and has now joined the playoff entry.
KT coach Lee Kang-cheol, who met in Suwon that day, said of Kang Baek-ho, “The muscle in his side was torn. It will be difficult for him to play (even in the Korean Series). Even if he recovers during the playoffs, when will he come and practice again? He told him to rest well. “It’s all,” he said, unable to hide his sad feelings.
Coach Lee then said about Kang Baek-ho’s replacement, “I was worried about Ahn Chi-young and Jung Jun-young. Ahn Chi-young also had a hard time throughout the season, so I’m sorry. I thought Jung Jun-young was better in terms of throwing and defense.”
On the other hand, unlike KT, NC did not make any significant changes to the entry. NC previously won the first game of the wild card match against Doosan and advanced to the semi-playoffs. Then, they achieved 3 consecutive wins against SSG Landers and advanced to the playoffs.스포츠토토
NC included Lee Jae-hak, who was hit on the back of his hand by a hard hit in the third game of the last semi-playoff, in the entry.
Meanwhile, this is the first time that KT and NC face each other in the postseason. KT had an advantage over NC in the pennant race this season with 10 wins and 6 losses.