Kia Tigers infield prospect Kim Do-young (20) will undergo surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb.
The rehabilitation period will be quite long, which will disrupt his preparation for the 2024 season.
The Kia team said in a press release on the morning of the 21st, “Kim Do-young, who suffered a left thumb injury while playing first base in the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) final, underwent a CT and MRI examination at Sejong Sports Orthopedics yesterday (20th) shortly after returning home.
As a result of the examination, he was diagnosed with a tear of the medial collateral ligament of the left thumb metacarpophalangeal joint and a fracture of the labrum.” 카지노사이트가이드
“He will undergo ligament suture surgery at Sejong Sports Orthopedics tomorrow (22nd), and the rehabilitation period is expected to take about four months.”
Kim injured his finger after hitting an infield grounder in the top of the 10th inning of the extra innings of the 2023 Asian Professional Baseball Championship final at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on Nov. 19 and making a head-first slide at first base to stop a double play.
The slide, which he made to make up for a failed sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second, ended up upsetting him.
The umpire’s questionable strike call at the time made Kim even more determined.
Sliding to first base head-first is a risky move, and coaching staffs often discourage it.
Kim Do-young was known as the “second Lee Jong-bum” before he joined Kia because of his ability to play both offense and defense.