KT Wiz faced bad news ahead of their first important postseason game. Kang Baek-ho (24), the team’s main hitter, injured his side during a practice game. In fact, it is expected that it will be difficult to participate in the postseason.
Kang Baek-ho was injured while batting in his own Blue and White match held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 26th. On this day, Kang Baek-ho went to the hospital after feeling pain in his right side while playing his first at-bat in the second inning after the team’s Blue and White match. A KT official said in a phone call with Star News, “Kang Baek-ho suffered an injury to his right side while batting in a practice game. As a result of a hospital examination, it was diagnosed that his right inner oblique muscle was damaged.”
KT officials have not yet confirmed the exact recovery time. However, if you are diagnosed with an internal oblique muscle injury, it usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks to recover to normal. It has become difficult for Kang Baek-ho to participate in the postseason.
It can be said that this is a very unfortunate injury for both KT and Kang Baek-ho. Kang Baek-ho, who wore the KT Wiz uniform as the first overall pick in the first round of the 2018 2nd Rookie Draft, has made a name for himself by playing a big role as a pitcher and hitter since his amateur days. In his first year of debut in the 2018 season, he recorded a batting average of 0.290 and 29 home runs, winning the Rookie of the Year award for the first time in his career. Subsequently, Kang Baek-ho has clearly established himself as a starting player by recording a batting average of .300 for three consecutive years since 2019. He proved his slugging ability by hitting 13 home runs (2019), 23 (2020), and 16 (2021), respectively.
But sometimes injuries bothered him. His last season saw him play in just 62 games as he battled injuries for the first time since his professional debut. There was bound to be a lot of regret for Kang Baek-ho, who previously played 138 games in the 2018 season, 116 games in the 2019 season, 129 games in the 2020 season, and 142 games in the 2021 season. On March 26th of last year, ahead of the season opening, he suffered a serious injury, fracturing the metatarsal bone of his right little toe, and was taken out of the line. Apparently, Kang Baek-ho’s departure had an immediate impact on the team. KT also struggled from the beginning of the season. Kang Baek-ho, who underwent surgery, returned in early June after rehabilitation, but suffered a hamstring rupture in the game against Doosan on July 1 and was left once again. 굿모닝토토 도메인