Last month, he signed a free agent contract with his original team, LG, to remain.
LG Twins Ham Deok-ju (29) underwent elbow surgery.
LG said on the 16th, “Ham Deok-ju received left elbow joint pinning surgery at Sejong Sports Orthopedic Surgery. “His rehabilitation period is expected to be about six months, and he is expected to return around June or July.”
Ham Deok-ju, who qualified as a free agent (FA) after the 2023 season, signed a four-year contract with his original team LG on the 24th of last month for a total of 3.8 billion won.
According to a club official, a microfracture of the olecranon bone in the left elbow was discovered during a medical check after signing the contract. He watched his condition for about three weeks and debated whether to undergo rehabilitation or surgery, and eventually decided to undergo surgery.
Since he must undergo rehabilitation, it is inevitable that he will miss the beginning of the season.
This is bad news for LG’s bullpen.
Go Woo-seok (San Diego Padres), who was guarding the back door of LG, left to challenge himself in the American Major League (MLB). Even Ham Deok-ju, who was thought to add strength to the bullpen, had a delayed start to the season, further increasing the uncertainty of LG’s bullpen.
Ham Deok-ju, who made his professional debut wearing the Doosan Base uniform in 2013, moved to LG through a trade in 2021.
However, he has never played a full season due to injury after joining LG.
Last year, he played in 57 games with 4 wins, 1 loss, 16 holds, 4 saves, and an ERA of 1.62, but due to an elbow injury, he has not been on the mound in the regular season since the end of August. Ham Deok-ju, who took a break for about two months, returned in the Korean Series and contributed to the team’s victory by posting 4 games, 3⅓ innings, 1 win, no losses, and an average ERA of 2.70.
After signing a FA contract with LG, Ham Deok-ju, who had pledged to “do my best to help the team continue to become a strong team by staying consistent and not getting sick,” suffered another injury ahead of the new season. 토토사이트