[Tokyo Olympics] Baseball players escape with minor injuries in tune-up game

Oh Ji-hwan (C) of the South Korean Olympic baseball team is groomed by a team coach after taking a point from a base runner during a pre-Tokyo Olympic tune-up match against the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Saturday, in this photo provided by KBO. (KBO)

Two key players on the left side of the South Korean infield suffered minor injuries 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 defenders in their respective positions in the KBO. Manager Kim Kyung-moon stressed the importance of field defense at the Olympics, given the relative inexperience of his young pitching staff.

Reigning 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. (Yonhap)

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