The desire to be with the team led to the WBC.
On the 6th, the KBO announced the news of Choi Ji-man’s absence from the WBC. This is because the Pittsburgh Pirates, to which Choi Ji-man belonged, did not allow him to participate due to his physical condition. The KBO selected outfielder Choi Ji-hoon as a substitute for Choi Ji-man.
As the WBC main first baseman was absent, Park Byung-ho (37) became the main first baseman for the WBC national team. One of the reasons the KBO chose outfielder Choi Ji-hoon rather than first baseman instead of Choi Ji-man was Park Byung-ho’s physical condition. Park Byeong-ho, who suffered an ankle injury at the end of last season, is now in a state where he can hit, run, and defend sufficiently through steady rehabilitation.
Park Byeong-ho also confidently said about his physical condition, “I can defend well enough now. There is still a month left until the WBC, so there will be no problems during the tournament.”
If he had undergone surgery, it is highly likely that another player would have been selected for the national team instead of Park Byeong-ho.
In a game against Kiwoom Heroes held at Gocheok Sky Dome on September 10 last year, Park Byeong-ho hit a hit in the middle left, ran to second base, and made a save. However, he suffered an injury in which his left ankle was bent when sliding, and was immediately taken to the hospital by ambulance. The examination results were disappointing. He was checked at 3 hospitals and found that he had torn 2 ligaments on the outside of his left ankle and a small ligament on the inside. At the time, his opinion was surgery.
However, Park Byeong-ho chose rehabilitation instead of surgery because he wanted to play the postseason with the team. The hospital said he could have surgery after a month, and Park Byeong-ho rehabilitated with the mindset of trying to do it.
The results were dramatic. Park Byeong-ho, who recovered quickly, made it possible to hit even though the defense was difficult, and KT coach Lee Kang-cheol appointed him as the designated hitter to play the postseason.
Even after the postseason, Park Byeong-ho chose rehabilitation instead of surgery. Since he was already in a good condition, he did not have to choose surgery.
The fact that he did not undergo surgery is the reason Park Byeong-ho was selected for the WBC national team. If he underwent surgery, he would need a rehabilitation period, so it was not easy for him to be selected for the national team. 슬롯사이트
Park Byung-ho said, “The national team always seems to be a place with weight. Even if you meet a strong opponent, you must win, and you must play with the mindset that you must win.” It seems to be the national team that could be the last for me, so I want to prepare better and do my best to return home without regret when the tournament is over.”