Kiwoom Heroes ace Ahn Woo-jin, 24, has had his season cut short. He was found to have elbow ligament damage and decided to undergo surgery.
On February 2, Kiwoom said, “Ahn Woo-jin recently underwent a routine checkup and was found to have suspected ligament damage. MRI and CT scans confirmed the injury to the medial collateral ligament,” he said, adding, “When she was examined a month ago, no special abnormalities were found. Considering that, the specialist’s opinion was that the area had likely deteriorated rapidly. Surgery is not an option for treatment, so I decided to schedule a date soon to have Tommy John surgery.”
Ahn Woo-jin is Kiwoom’s signature ace, throwing fastballs in the low 150 kilometers per hour. He developed into a key starter after making his debut in 2018 and won 15 games last year, leading Kiwoom to the Korean Series. But after throwing 196 innings last year, he struggled with 150 and two-thirds innings this season, leading to Tommy John surgery.
“I’m sorry that I couldn’t finish the season with the team, especially when the team was going through a tough time, and I’m sorry to the manager, coach, and teammates,” Ahn said.
As Ahn said, Kiwoom has struggled this season. They were in the middle of the pack until June thanks to their strength on the mound, but their batting order collapsed in the second half of the season, and they’ve been hovering around the ninth or tenth spot ever since center fielder Lee Jung-hoo went down with a left ankle injury in late July. To make matters worse, ace Ahn Woo-jin also left the organization, leaving Kiwoom to finish the season without a key player.스포츠토토
“I’m sorry that I didn’t manage well as a coach,” said Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki, “but I don’t think there’s a word for giving up. I’ll fight to the end and do my best for the fans.” Even without Chapo, Kiwoom went on a four-game winning streak, including a 7-0 sweep at home against KT Wiz on March 3.