Thursday Sep 28, 2023

National team pitcher So Joon Sohn of KT undergoes elbow surgery

KT Wiz right-handed pitcher Sohn Joon So (22) is undergoing elbow surgery. Coming back this season has become virtually difficult.

KT coach Lee Kang-cheol said ahead of the home game against NC Dinos at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 11th, “So Hyung-joon suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow. He is in a situation where he has to operate. He plans to do one more checkup and set the exact date for the surgery.”

Joon Sohn was sluggish with 7 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 4 runs in 3 2/3 innings against NC the previous day. During the game, he suffered from elbow pain and was kicked out early. His hospital examination revealed a torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Director Lee explained, “So Hyeong-jun is undergoing elbow ligament joint surgery.” Known as Tommy John Surgery, this surgery takes a long time to recover from. That’s why it’s hard to come back this season.

Coach Lee circumspectively expressed the fact that he had to play the rest of the game without So-jun So-jun, saying, “Now we need a player who has to endure for a year, not a substitute starting pitcher.” At the same time, he mentioned Bae Seong (27) and Lee Jung-hyun (26) as candidates.

Sohn So-jun, who came out of Suwon Yushin High School, received the first pick in the 2020 KBO Rookie Draft and wore a KT uniform. With his debut, he won 13 wins and became the rookie king, and the following year and last year, he recorded 7 wins and 13 wins, respectively, and kept KT’s starting lineup. However, he was sluggish this season with an average earned run average of 11.45 (14 earned runs in 11 innings) without a win or loss in 3 games.안전놀이터

Participation in the Hangzhou Asian Games, which was set as a goal for this year, was also virtually missed. It is a situation where he could have been exempted from military service if he won the gold medal as a national representative in this competition held in September, so even So-Jun Sohn is very regretful. Joon Sohn played with the Taegeuk mark at the World Baseball Classic held in March.

On the other hand, the lowest-ranking KT is currently missing all pitchers such as Park Byeong-ho, Bae Jung-dae, Ju Kwon, and Kim Min-soo due to injuries. To make matters worse, as So Joon Joon left the power, his anxiety grew.


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