Choi Ji-man (32), who took on a new challenge 메이저놀이터 wearing a Pittsburgh uniform this season, is experiencing overlapping bad news at the beginning of the season. This is because the season was triggered rather late, and injuries came when it was worth trying.
Choi Ji-man was placed on the 10th injured list on the 16th (Korean time). He felt pain in his left foot while preparing for the game on the 15th and was excluded from the starting lineup. As a result of the examination, he was diagnosed with a sprained left Achilles tendon.
Still, there was also a positive prospect that he would be able to return quickly, but as a result of additional examinations, it was diagnosed that about 8 weeks of absence was inevitable. His return is expected to be mid-June at the earliest. It is an unfortunate injury that blows a large part of the first half.
It is an unfortunate injury for Pittsburgh and Ji-man Choi. Pittsburgh worked hard to bolster their first base offense, which was at the worst level in the league, ahead of this season. Choi Ji-man was recruited through a trade, and veteran Carlos Santana signed a one-year free agent contract. The idea was that the two players would take turns taking first base and designated hitter positions to increase their offensive power.
However, due to Choi Ji-man’s injury, there was a big gap in this idea. A 1-2 week injury can be covered by other players, but 8 weeks is not an easy period to fill. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any solid first basemen in the minor leagues, either. For the time being, it seems that Santana and Connor Joe will be in charge of first base, but there is a big difference in the sense of weight with and without Choi Ji-man.
Even Choi Ji-man did not hide his regret. Choi Ji-man said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune on the 21st, “I am very upset that I cannot be there to help my teammates.” However, he thanked his teammates for their performance, saying, “It’s fortunate that we are playing very well. I’m still happy because of them.”
The ‘Pittsburgh Tribune’ regretted that, ‘Choi Ji-man stayed with a batting average of 0.125 (4 hits in 32 at-bats) in his first 9 games, but he hit home runs in the April 11 and 12 games against Houston.’ When his sense of hitting rose, the flow was cut off.
First of all, the ‘Pittsburgh Tribune’ predicts that the immediate void will not be large as Santana and Joe have recently been showing good offensive power and continuing a sense of stability in defense. However, as time goes by, the gap between the main players is bound to grow. Pittsburgh had a sense of anxiety in the early appeal of the season as even Choi Ji-man was out of power following the injury of O’Neill Crews.