It’s so frustrating. It hurts when you have a chance and you don’t take it. LG Twins outfielder Lee Jae-won is out with another injury,
LG removed Lee Jae-won from the first-team roster ahead of the Incheon SSG Landers game on the 25th. The reason: injury. He was replaced in the fifth inning of the previous day’s game. The next day, on the 25th, a medical examination revealed a micro-damage to his left thigh muscle, so he was sent down to the second team. He is expected to return in about two weeks, but it could take more than 20 days depending on his recovery speed.
Lee Jae-won is a prospect that LG’s new coach Yi Kyung-yeop showed a desire to develop like Park Byung-ho. Initially, he was going to enlist in the military after last season to solve his military problems, but Yim convinced him to stay for another year. Yeom planned to develop Lee Jae-won by placing him in the bottom of the order and giving him full-time playing time. When Chae Eun-sung moved to the Hanwha Eagles as a free agent, the first base spot became vacant, so Yeom gave Lee Jae-won the starting first base position.
He prepared well in the Arizona camp, but suffered a side injury at the last minute. After rehabilitation, he returned at the end of the exhibition game and excited LG fans by hitting a home run in the exhibition game against the Kiwoom Heroes on March 25. However, the next day, he felt pain in his side again and withdrew, and it took him more than a month to build up his body and return to the first team on May 6. On May 16, Lee made his debut with two home runs against the KT Wiz, and the next day, he showed off his power with a bullet-like 182-kilometer blast.
Then, on April 24 against the SSG Landers in Incheon, he blasted a two-run shot off SSG starter Roenis Elias in the top of the second inning, trailing 0-4, to spark a comeback.
Park and Dong-won, who leads the league in home runs, were highly touted and expected as a long-hitting duo in the bottom of the order, but Do went down with an injury.
Lee had made a strong impact in the 15 games prior to his injury, batting 2-for-7 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 37 at-bats.
Lee’s departure also disrupted Yeom’s outfield rotation plan. His strategy was to use five outfielders, including Lee Jae-won, to fill three outfield spots and four designated hitter spots, leaving one to rest and pinch-hit late in games. LG’s lack of a solid late-game pinch-hitter was a concern, and having a triple-hitting batsman behind him was a big help in the late-game operations.
However, with Lee Jae-won out of the lineup, four outfielders – Kim Hyun-soo, Park Hae-min, Hong Chang-ki, and Moon Sung-joo – continued to play.안전놀이터
In place of Lee Jae-won, LG called up Lee Ju-hyung, who had been bombing the second team. He has been preparing in the second team since his discharge from the military. Lee has been hitting well. In 24 games, he’s batting 3-for-5 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 71 at-bats. At one point, he was hitting over 40%, and some people were asking why he wasn’t in the first team. The opportunity came when Lee Ju-hyung was injured and Lee Jae-won went down with an injury. It will be interesting to see if Lee can hit like Lee Jae-won did.