“I played full-time for the first time, but it wasn’t hard because of the support and love from the fans.”
Samsung Lions infielder Lee Jae-hyun, who played full-time for the first time in his career, thanked his fans on Instagram on Tuesday.
Lee, who began his professional career last year as Samsung’s first-round pick after graduating from Seoul High School, played 143 games this season as the starting shortstop, batting .244 (114-for-458) with 12 home runs, 60 RBIs, 61 runs scored and five stolen bases.
His hitting stats were noticeably better, with triple-digit hits and double-digit home runs for the first time in his career. He was especially hot in the month of August, batting 3-for-56 (20 RBI) with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Park, who was called the ‘national shortstop’ during his playing days, said, “It’s great for a second-year shortstop to do as well as I did. He’s much more skilled and seasoned than last year,” Park said, adding, “There must be some physical strain from playing so many games this season, but he’s handling it well and is building his own career. I wasn’t as experienced as he was in my second year. I was very nervous, and Lee Jae-hyun was much better than me.”
“This year, I was able to finish the season with a smile on my face thanks to the fans. I played full-time for the first time, but it wasn’t hard because of the support and love from the fans.”스포츠토토
Lee, who had been suffering from a dislocated left shoulder throughout the season, was diagnosed with a habitual dislocation that required surgery after a checkup at a hospital on Nov. 16, and underwent a left shoulder labrum surgery at a Seoul hospital on Nov. 23.
After being discharged from the hospital on the 25th, Lee Jae-hyun will wear a brace for about five weeks and go through a basic rehabilitation process, and will begin full-scale rehabilitation training after the brace is removed. “He will be able to perform technical training about five to six months after the surgery, and will periodically check his condition with his doctor during the offseason,” a club official explained.
Lee Jae-hyun promised, “I will rehabilitate well over the winter and come back in a better shape, as you have worried a lot.”