Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh Pirates), 메이저놀이터 추천 who finished the first half of the year on the injured list due to an ankle injury, is preparing to return. However, some predict that it will be difficult to return immediately.
Bae Ji-hwan felt pain in his left ankle in a home game against the Milwaukee Brewers on the 2nd (Korea Standard Time). The next day, Bae Ji-hwan was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and was listed on the 10-day injured list. It is the first time that Bae Ji-hwan, who made his big league debut in September last year, has been on the injured list.
Bae Ji-hwan was included in the Major League Baseball’s opening roster for the first time this year and is playing the full-time season. He showed off his various strengths such as fast feet, excellent base running sense, energetic defense, and utility skills, drawing attention.
In the first half, he played in 76 games, scoring 37 points with two home runs, 19 RBIs and 20 steals, and 0.609 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage). It is the team’s No. 1 stolen base and No. 5 in scoring.
However, the recent batting pace has been on a clear downward trend. Bae Ji-hwan suffered a severe slump with a batting average of 0.083 (3 hits in 36 at-bats) with one RBI, one stolen base, and five walks in the past 15 games.
Pittsburgh will play its first game of the second half against the San Francisco Giants at home on the 15th. However, it is unclear whether Bae Ji-hwan will participate in the game.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a local media outlet in Pittsburgh, said on the 12th, “Bae Ji-hwan will be re-evaluated on the 14th to see if he can play again,” adding, “He may return against San Francisco this weekend, but his return does not appear imminent.”