‘Russell released, Won Jong-hyun out for season, Lim Ji-yeol, Shin Jun-woo out for 4 weeks’ Injury demons overtake Kiwoom

The busy Kiwoom Heroes have been hit with a string of injuries.

Ahead of their game against the KT Wiz at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Wednesday, Kiwoom announced that Won Jong-hyun, Lim Ji-yeol, and Shin Jun-woo are out. The organization also announced the waiver of Edison Russell and the signing of replacement Ronnie Dawson.먹튀검증

Won Jong-hyun, who signed a four-year, 2.5 billion won free agent contract with Kiwoom before the season, was ruled out for the season after undergoing elbow surgery after appearing in just 20 games in the first half. Won will undergo surgery to remove bone fragments from his elbow on Aug. 20, followed by ligament reconstruction on Aug. 2. He is expected to take more than a year to return.

Lim complained of pain after being hit in the right hand by a 13 km/h forkball from opposing pitcher Kim Jae-yoon in the bottom of the ninth inning against KT on Aug. 12. He finished the game, but a medical examination revealed that his right thumb was fractured and he needed surgery. Lim is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday and is expected to take about four weeks to recover.

Shin Jun-woo also injured his ankle in the third inning against KT. After a medical examination, he was found to have damaged his left triangular ligament and will need a recovery period of four to six weeks.

Russell, who last appeared in the first team on June 16 against the Hanwha Eagles, was eventually replaced. With Russell on the injured reserve list with a wrist injury, it was unclear when he would return in the second half, and Kiwoom pulled out its second foreign player substitution card in the first half alone. After claiming Russell off waivers, Kiwoom quickly added outfielder Ronnie Dawson to the roster so that they could enter the second half of the season without a foreign player.

Kiwoom hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations this season with a two-hit shutout, sitting in ninth place (38-45-2, .458 winning percentage). To make matters worse, he was hit with an injury nightmare before he even finished the first half, setting him up for a tough second half.

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