“It’s a story behind the scenes”… How was Oh Ji-hwan able to come back sooner than expected?
“There is a story behind it.”
Oh Ji-hwan was excluded from the first team entry ahead of the Samsung Lions match on the 8th. He felt discomfort in his side, and an MRI scan revealed microtrauma to the oblique muscle in his right flank. He looked like he would need 2 weeks or more to recover.
However, Oh Ji-hwan’s recovery was very fast. He started the game against the Doosan Bears 2nd team on the 21st and played an active role with 3 hits and 1 steal in 3 at-bats. He expected it to take two weeks to recover, but he came back in two weeks and hit hard. After that, on the 22nd, he was called up to the first team.
On the 22nd, he appeared as a pinch hitter against the Hanwha Eagles and was silent with no hits in 2 at-bats, but went in as a substitute in the confrontation on the 23rd and recorded 1 hit (3 bases) in 3 at bats. Then, on the 25th, he returned to the starting lineup from the match against SSG Landers. He played very well in the game on the 25th with 3 hits and 3 RBIs in 4 at-bats. All three of his hits were doubles, and he led his team to victory with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth. In the 26th game, he continued his hitting streak with 1 hit and 1 walk in 3 at-bats.
In an interview after the game on the 25th, Oh Ji-hwan revealed the reason for his quick return. He said, “It’s a behind-the-scenes story. I kept working out. I did it secretly.” said.
Oh Ji-hwan continued, “I think that if you can do it, you should do it. I felt that ‘the reason I am at the training ground in Icheon is to train. I don’t think I needed it. I honestly had confidence when I played in the second team.”
In fact, Oh Ji-hwan confessed that he felt pain in his side when he did not play a few games after the opening. He said, “I felt the pain two days after the opening. It was the first time I felt pain, so I thought I could go to the game.” “he said. 안전놀이터
“So I thought it wouldn’t work. I went to the hospital, but they said I was bleeding.” “But I’m glad I took a break sooner than I thought. I was worried, but (Kim) Minsung hyung was very good to me. The team went well. That’s why I had a lot of worries. I think I thought that I might be ruining the atmosphere after coming up.”