KIA Tigers Jang Hyun-sik (28) is preparing to recover healthily from injury.
Jang Hyun-shik, who underwent surgery on a bone fragment in his right elbow last October, went through rehabilitation at a camp in Okinawa, Japan, and returned to Korea via Incheon International Airport on the 9th. In an interview after his entry, he said, “Now I have come to the stage where I can throw the ball hard. There are still parts left for rehabilitation, so I think I have to finish well before coming.”스포츠토토
Jang Hyun-sik played an active part in the KIA’s winning group last season, recording 2 wins, 3 losses, 19 holds, 1 save, and an average ERA of 3.12 in 54 games (52 innings). After coming to KIA through trade, he won 59 holds over the three years and established himself as a key bullpen pitcher.
Director Kim Jong-guk, who emphasized that Jang Hyun-sik’s healthy return is the most important, said, “Jang Hyun-sik is in good condition now. However, he is afraid that he will over-pace, so when he goes to Gwangju, the rehabilitation side tries to prepare him. I think I can come around the end of April to the beginning of May. He will definitely prepare and raise it,” he said.
Jang Hyun-sik said, “I went to Okinawa for the first time, and it was really nice to exercise because it was warm. He said that he was satisfied with the Okinawa camp. He continued, “The director took care of me so that I could rehabilitate in warm Japan. He is grateful and seems to have used the time well.”
Jang Hyun-sik, who said that he was in rehabilitation but was not in a hurry, said, “It is the first time I have undergone surgery. However, it was not very difficult because he had been preparing his mind to have surgery from before. He thought it was important how much time and effort he put into rehabilitation. He seems to have rehabilitated steadily,” he said, confident of a healthy comeback.
Jang Hyun-sik, who said, “It was originally a style that would get better if you endured it even if it hurt,” said “Last year, when I was put on the second injured list, I made up my mind. I felt a little sick, but the team came to fall baseball, but I kept throwing it with the mindset to try it once,” he explained why he completed the postseason even though surgery was scheduled.
Jang Hyeon-sik, who spared his words about the timing of his return, said, “I just rehabilitate, hoping that it will get better day by day. When the arm adapts and the pain goes away, he will be able to make a comeback,” he said, determined to return to health.