(Olympics) Baseball players escape with minor tune-up game injuries

SEOUL, 25 July (Yonhap) – Two key players on the left side of the South Korean forward were slightly injured in a recent pre-Olympic tune-up match.

Shortstop Oh Ji-hwan received five stitches in his neck after colliding with a base runner in the National Baseball Team’s exhibition game against the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) LG Twins Saturday in Seoul. A KBO official said Oh is a full participant in the team’s training sessions.

Oh was trying to score Chae Eun-seong as he slipped into the second base bag, and Chae’s point caught Oh on the left side of his neck.

Also in the game, third baseman Hur Kyoung-min made a calf pitch and was relieved for precautionary reasons. The KBO official said Hur will be ready to leave when the Olympic tournament kicks off in four days for South Korea.

Oh and Hur are highly regarded advocates in their respective positions in the KBO. Manager Kim Kyung-moon stressed the importance of on-field defense at the Olympics, given the relative inexperience of his young pitching staff.

Defending Olympic gold medalist South Korea will play their final tune-up match against the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO, then depart for Japan on Monday. His first preliminary game is against Israel on Thursday.

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