Bad news came to NC Dinos.

NC coach Kang In-kwon said of catcher Kim Hyung-jun (24), “Unfortunately, I have an ankle injury,” ahead of the home game against Doosan Bears held at NC Park in Changwon on the 30th. Kim Hyung-joon underwent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in his right knee while serving in the Sangmu Baseball Team in August last year. Knee injuries are fatal for catchers who have to squat throughout the game. After returning to the team after being discharged in September, he devoted himself to rehabilitation for a while. Last February, he trained separately in the Masan Rehabilitation Army rather than the Arizona 1st Army spring camp.메이저사이트

I recently broke a long hiatus. On the 12th, he participated in the KIA Tigers and Futures (2nd division) league match, and digested the official game after a long time. However, since the 24th, there is no history of participating in the second group. Manager Kang In-kwon expressed regret, saying, “I think he stepped on the ball during practice after playing Futures. There is some damage to the ligaments in his right ankle.”

Kim Hyung-joon, who graduated from Sego-go, was nominated by the Dinos with the 9th overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2018 rookie draft. He made his debut in the first team straight away in 2018 and gained experience as a backup to Kim Tae-gun (currently Samsung Lions) and Yang Eui-ui (currently Doosan Bears). In particular, in 2020, he played an active role with a batting average of 0.306 (24 hits in 72 at-bats), 3 homers and 11 RBIs in 44 games.

His on-base percentage (0.390) and slugging percentage (0.444) were both complied with, raising expectations as NC’s next-generation master. On the field, there was also an evaluation that “the potential is the highest among catchers in their early 20s in the KBO league.”

NC, which had a homeroom with Park Se-hyuk and Ahn Jung-yeol, waited for Kim Hyung-joon’s return. This is because it was a good card to strengthen the catcher’s depth (suns layer). However, after his knee rehabilitation treatment was over, he injured his ankle. Director Kang said, “I don’t know how long the rehabilitation (treatment) period will be, but I think he will have to go through at least one month again.”

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