‘Hamstring injury out for season’ Nasung Bum’s stunned expression after sliding, ‘disastrous result’ despite playing his best
‘If I hadn’t played…’ The Kia Tigers are doing everything they can to make it to fall baseball. Their offensive centerpiece, Na Sung-bum, is out for the season due to a hamstring injury.
On the 20th, the club announced the news of Na, who was replaced after feeling discomfort after sliding into third base in the eighth inning the previous day. “Na Sung-beom was diagnosed with a right hamstring injury after undergoing a double check at two club-designated hospitals in the morning and afternoon. The rehabilitation period is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks,” the team said.
The news came as a shock to KIA, which was in the midst of a late-season push to qualify for fall baseball. In effect, Na is out for the season.
The previous day in Gwangju, the LG Electronics Kia was down to the wire before Na rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning with runners on second and third. After a three-hit blast on the day, Na gave it his best shot at the plate.
With the score 4-3 and the tying run at home, Na advanced to second on a wild pitch against Choi Hyung-woo. With two outs, Kim Sun-bin flied out to right field, Na tagged up and slid into third base. The outcome was safe. But Na’s face was set in stone. After complaining of discomfort in his leg to coach Cho Jae-young, Na was replaced by pinch-hitter Lee Woo-sung after talking for a while with Jin Gap-yong, who came out with a trainer.
Heading to the dugout, Na’s expression was grim. The next day’s game was rained out, but the news of Na’s hamstring injury was not lost on KIA.
Shortly before the start of the season, Na was sidelined with a left calf injury. After more than two months of rehabilitation, he rejoined the team on June 23 and played his first game of the season at a later date. After his return, Na showed off his hot bat. Through 58 games on July 19, he was batting .365 with 81 hits, 18 home runs, 57 RBIs, 51 runs scored, and a 1.098 OPS to lead the KIA lineup. 바카라
After playing in all 144 games last season and being dubbed the KBO’s iron man, Na Sung-bum was sidelined by another injury after playing his heart out to get one more base.
Lee Woo-seong, Lee Chang-jin, and Ko Jong-wook are expected to fill the void left by the offensive core.