‘Lightning’ Bae Ji-hwan accelerates ML return, ‘PIT Korean Duo’ in full view

‘Lightning’ Bae Ji-hwan (24), who has been unable to play in the major leagues due to an ankle injury, is accelerating his return to the big leagues. He starts his rehabilitation in earnest in the minor leagues. While Choi Ji-man (32, Pittsburgh Pirates), who is eating rice at the same time, is showing good performance recently, it is expected that we will soon be able to see Pittsburgh’s ‘Korean duo’.

According to MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball (MLB), Bae Ji-hwan will start rehabilitation training early this week with Triple A Indianapolis in the minor leagues.

Bae Ji-hwan left a strong impression on Korean fans by performing well at the beginning of this season. Above all, he used his fast feet to show off a bouncy running base play, giving him the pleasure of ‘foot baseball’. Bae Ji-hwan also planted expectations that he could live on first base even if he hit an ordinary infield grounder. Here, he received a lot of applause from the Pittsburgh fans by defending in all weathers, both infield and outfield.토토사이트

Bae Ji-hwan was injured on the 2nd of last month. At the time, in a home game against Milwaukee, he hit a grounder on second base in the bottom of the 8th inning, then turned to go to first base, but stopped after taking a few steps. Afterwards, Pittsburgh coach Derek Shelton and trainer came out to the ground to check Bae Ji-hwan’s condition.

His injuries were not light. The Pittsburgh team announced the next day, “Bae Ji-hwan will be placed on the 10-day disabled list (IL) due to a left ankle sprain injury.” Unexpectedly ending the first half early, he devoted himself to recovery and dreamed of his comeback. Since then, Bae Ji-hwan began to slowly step through the rehabilitation phase, starting on the 20th by digesting catch balls and defense training.

And now, Bae Ji-hwan plans to further enhance his practical skills through his minor league appearances. After playing in the minor leagues, he is expected to be called up to the first team if his physical condition does not deteriorate. In the end, it is expected that the key will be to find his practical sense as soon as possible.

This season, Bae Ji-hwan is digesting his first full-time season in the major leagues while being moderated by the command tower. Prior to his injury, he had a .238 batting average (51 hits in 214 at-bats), 2 homers, 19 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 76 appearances. The return of Bae Ji-hwan, who showed extraordinary spirit and energized Pittsburgh, has entered the countdown.

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