Most Korean MLBers Suffer Injury, Slump

      August 25, 2016 10:25

      From top to bottom, Choo Shin-soo, Lee Dae-ho, Kang Jung-ho, Park Byung-ho and Ryu Hyun-jin

      Only two Koreans of the eight who started this year's Major League Baseball season in the U.S. are currently playing.

      Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kim Hyun-soo of the Baltimore Orioles are the only two to avoid injury and poor performance, which ultimately removed the others from the major league.

      Oh has been rock-solid throughout the season, currently playing as a closer, and Kim has also been one of the key players on his team.

      Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers once again went on the disabled list last month due to inflammation in his elbow and it seems to be unlikely for him to return this year.

      In the Dodgers "mailbag" section on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times wrote, in response to a question on whether Ryu will be able to pitch again, "[Ryu] is not retiring. But given the trouble he experienced recovering from arm surgery in 2016, it’s hard to project him as a reliable part of the Dodgers’ plans in the future."

      Ryu's contract with the Dodgers will expire in 2018.

      Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers suffered a left forearm fracture after getting hit by a pitch from Oakland Athletics' left-hander Ross Detwiler last week.

      Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates was placed on a 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury. He sustained the injury while sliding headfirst into second base. Choo may return during the playoffs, and Kang is likely to miss two to four weeks.

      Lee Dae-ho of the Seattle Mariners was sent to the minor leagues last week following a long slump and Choi Ji-man of the Los Angeles Angels went to the minor leagues again last week.

      The situation for Park Byung-ho of the Minnesota Twins, who was touted as one of strong contenders for the Rookie of the Year in the first half, is even grimmer. He was demoted to the minor leagues in early July, and he might need surgery.

      Local media Pioneer Press reported on Wednesday that he has an ailing wrist and surgery may be required. Park was placed on a disabled list early last week.

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