The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) playoffs are set to begin on the 30th, with the KT Wiz and NC Dinos facing off.
Both teams are on ‘injury watch’ as they battle for a ticket to the Korean Series.
KT’s Kang Baek-ho, one of the key players in the Korean baseball team’s victory at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
He was expected to play in the playoffs, which start on the 30th of this month, but he was injured during his own practice game, making it difficult for him to play in the postseason.
The loss of Kang Baek-ho, a big hitter with a career batting average of nearly .350 in fall baseball, is a major setback for KT.
In addition, Kim Min-hyuk, the team’s top batting average, suffered a thigh injury at the end of the season and is unlikely to start in the playoffs.메이저사이트
The good news is that pitchers Benjamin, Ko Young-pyo, and Uhm Sang-baek, who were also injured at the end of the season, have recovered and are returning to form.
NC, which is riding a four-game postseason winning streak, isn’t immune to the injury bug either.
That’s because Lee Jae-hak, who served as the middle reliever through the wild-card round and semi-playoffs, came off the mound during the third game of the semi-finals after being hit in the right hand by a hard hit ball.
Fortunately, it was reported to be a simple bruise, but it’s unclear if he’ll be included in the playoff roster when it’s announced on Sunday.
Losing veteran right-hander Lee Jae-hak would be a major loss for NC, who will have to face KT’s formidable lineup of Park Byung-ho, Alford, Hwang Jae-gyun, and Jang Sung-woo.