“No” When Choi Hyung-woo lost his center and fell after being caught by the first baseman’s foot while running the bases after a sprint, the players in the dugout were genuinely worried about the fallen senior, saying, “We don’t want him to get hurt, too.”
The game between the KIA Tigers and KT Wiz at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 24th was a tight pitching battle. KIA starter Yang Hyun-jong gave up one run in six innings and KT starter Ko Young-pyo pitched seven scoreless innings to give KT a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning.안전놀이터
In the bottom of the seventh, KIA’s Choi Hyung-woo led off with a single and was hit by a two-pitch fastball from KT’s Ko Young-pyo. The hard hit ball was caught in a defensive shift by second baseman Park Kyung-soo, who jumped and blocked it with his glove, then caught the ball again and threw to first base. First baseman Park Byung-ho, who was also on defense, rushed to the base to receive the throw from Park and stretched out his feet. At this point, a dizzying scene occurred.
The moment Choi’s right foot touched the base as he sprinted after the hit, the first baseman’s right foot and Byung-ho Park’s landing left foot overlapped, causing Choi to lose his center of gravity and fall. Choi’s left shoulder touched the ground as he fell and was impacted.
His shoulder touches the ground as he falls, taking the brunt of the impact.
The collision between the first baseman and the runner occurred while the runner was reaching for the base. Park Byung-ho’s expression was dark as he was surprised to see his senior, Choi Hyung-woo, fall to the ground. Coach Lee Hyun-gon, who was closest to the collision, rushed to the bench to call for medical attention. Choi Hyung-woo was unable to get up easily and clutched his left shoulder. The Kia Tigers’ juniors’ expressions grew darker and darker as they watched Choi Hyung-woo on the ground, where an ambulance eventually arrived.
After the medical staff arrived on the scene, Choi managed to get up on his own, but the pain in his left shoulder, which he had hit while tripping over his own feet, was severe. As Choi headed to the hospital in the ambulance, Park Byung-ho’s heart was in the wrong place until the moment he saw the senior who had been injured in the collision with him, albeit unintentionally, leave.
He was immediately taken to the club’s designated hospital, where he underwent X-rays and was diagnosed with a fractured left collarbone. Further tests will be needed to determine the extent of the injury, but it is unlikely that Choi will be able to bat for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone.
Na Sung-beom, who has been hitting hot since returning from injury and leading the team’s batting order, was also replaced after complaining of pain after sliding into third base against Gwangju LG Electronics on April 19. After a medical examination, he was ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.
The news of Na’s season-ending injury came as a shock to the busy KIA Tigers. Five days later, Choi Hyung-woo collapsed at first base. A medical examination revealed a fractured collarbone for Choi and a torn hamstring for Na. The loss of two irreplaceable players left KIA in shock.