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All-Star outfielder out for postseason with shoulder injury

All Headlines 17:54 October 22, 2018

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Nexen Heroes received a devastating blow to their title hopes on Monday, as All-Star outfielder Lee Jung-hoo was ruled out for the postseason with a shoulder injury.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club announced that Lee was diagnosed with a left shoulder labrum injury and will undergo surgery within two weeks. Lee suffered the injury while making a diving catch in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the first round postseason series against the Hanwha Eagles last Saturday.

After making the grab, Lee immediately called for trainers and was soon taken out of the game.

The Heroes lead the best-of-five series two games to none.

Lee also suffered a left shoulder injury while sliding into third base during a game on June 19 this year and missed a month of action.

The Heroes will be without one of the KBO's best leadoff hitters. Lee won Rookie of the Year in 2017 after batting .324 and setting freshman records with 179 hits and 111 runs scored.

This year, Lee batted .355 to rank third overall.

Lee Jung-hoo of the Nexen Heroes (third from R) walks off the field at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, with the help of a trainer after injuring his left shoulder following a diving catch against the Hanwha Eagles in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the Korea Baseball Organization's first-round postseason series on Oct. 20, 2018. (Yonhap)

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