16 August 2023

I didn’t show my true colors… Choi Ji-Man is on the injured list again

By pestfood.com

Choi Ji-Man is in the midst of another injury.

The San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball announced on the 15th (local time) that Choi has been placed on the 10-day disabled list (IL) with a sprain near his left rib.스포츠토토

“Choi strained his left rib while swinging,” the official Major League Baseball website said, “and since he hasn’t played in the last few games, the injured list will be retroactive to August 13.”

Choi still hasn’t hit since coming to San Diego

Choi joined the Pittsburgh Pirates this season from the Tampa Bay Rays, where he spent four years, but was sidelined for nearly three months with an Achilles tendon injury after opening day.

After making a late return in early July, Choi made his presence felt, hitting .268 with four home runs and nine RBIs in July alone, along with a .296 slugging percentage, .634 on-base percentage, and .930 OPS. But with his struggles and postseason hopes fading, Pittsburgh made him a trade target.

San Diego, eager to add a left-handed bat, acquired Choi in a trade, forming a “Korean Duo” with Kim Ha-seong. After disappointing with their existing options of Jake Cronenwirth, Matt Carpenter, and Nelson Cruz, San Diego pinned their hopes on the experienced and ‘one-hit’ Choi.

However, Choi has struggled to make an impact in a San Diego uniform. In the seven games since his arrival, he’s gone hitless in 11 at-bats. His numbers have also plummeted this season, with a .179 batting average, .239 on-base percentage, and .440 slugging percentage.

Choi last saw action on April 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While his performance hasn’t met expectations, it’s hard to understand why the team would keep him on the bench after giving up so much prospect talent.

Injury hinders Choi again… ‘free agency bonanza’ fades away

However, San Diego’s announcement of Choi’s injury on Sunday answered the question of why he hasn’t played recently. It’s a big disappointment for San Diego, who need every game in the postseason wild card race.

For Choi, it’s even worse. He’ll be eligible for free agency at the end of the season, making this a crucial time in his baseball career. But injuries, both major and minor, have kept him from playing well.

Choi knows this better than anyone, and he’s been pushing himself too hard, making his injuries worse. <According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego manager Bob Melvin said, “I hope it’s not a long-term injury because he’s been swinging through the pain and it’s gotten worse,” and “I hope it’s not a long-term injury.”

Now in his eighth year in the major leagues, Choi has the power and experience, and is known for his affability and ability to lift the team spirit.

If Choi were to hit free agency, there are plenty of teams that would be interested in him. However, if he continues to struggle with injuries, his ‘durability’ will be questioned and he may not be as valuable as he would like to be, even if he performs well upon his return.

It will be interesting to see if Choi, who is going through a tough season, can turn things around quickly.