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(LEAD) Baseball closer to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

All Headlines 16:38 May 02, 2018

(ATTN: CHANGES headline, lead; UPDATES with decision to undergo surgery)

SEOUL, May 2 (Yonhap) -- NC Dinos' veteran closer Lim Chang-min will undergo season-ending elbow sugery after suffering ligament damage, his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said Wednesday.

The Dinos said Lim, 32, recently underwent tests and was diagnosed with right elbow ligament damage. The team didn't specify the type of Lim's ailment.

Lim wanted to have the operation at the earliest date possible, but the club said that first it needed to discuss different options with the player before accepting Lim's request.

The Dinos said Lim is expected to miss about a year of action.

Lim has been the closer for the Dinos since 2015. Over the past three seasons, the right-hander collected 85 saves. He's been ranked in the top three in saves in each of those years, while also making at least 60 appearances in all three seasons.

The lingering elbow pains perhaps explain Lim's woes this year. He has a 6.43 ERA in eight appearances this year with three saves. The entire Dinos bullpen has been struggling all year, with a league-worst 5.82 ERA.

After making the postseason in each of the past four years, the Dinos are mired in ninth place among 10 clubs this year at 13-19.

In this file photo from Oct. 20, 2017, Lim Chang-min of the NC Dinos throws a pitch against the Doosan Bears during the top of the sixth inning in a Korea Baseball Organization playoff game at Masan Stadium in Changwon, 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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