The KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization finished their regular season schedule first among the 10 teams.
After playing their last game in the KBO against the Doosan Bears on Oct. 10, the team has been resting for more than a month and is preparing for the playoffs (PO) with plenty of time to spare.
KT’s center fielder Park Byung-ho (37) is one of the beneficiaries of the long break.
Park recovered perfectly from his calf soreness during the break.
In fact, at the beginning of the month, Park wasn’t in the best shape.
He injured his left calf during a match in early August and returned to play the rest of the match with only a makeshift treatment.
The injury was not properly treated and the pain continued.
Park struggled on the basepaths and in defense.
Now, all the problems are gone. Byung-ho Park, who dedicated himself to treatment and rest, is in top shape for the POs against the NC Dinos.
Park Byung-ho batted fourth and hit a home run to left field against Uhm Sang-baek in the sixth inning of the Blue-White game at Katie Weeds Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, on April 26.
“I’m 100 percent,” Park said after the game, “and I’ve recovered perfectly from my leg problem.”
“The long break helped me a lot, and now I don’t have any problems playing,” he said.
“Not only me, but all the players are in good shape,” he said, adding, “With the current atmosphere, we will be able to play well in the POs.”
A healthy Park Byung-ho is expected to be the centerpiece of KT‘s batting lineup.
Park was declared “out for the season” last year after tearing the anterior and posterior ligaments in his right ankle at the end of the regular season, but he was forced to play in the postseason and led the team with superhuman strength.
He batted .526 with one home run and three RBIs in five games against the Kiwoom Heroes in the semi-playoffs (semi-PO).
Although KT did not advance to the POs, Park’s dedication touched the hearts of many fans.
Park expressed his confidence in the team, saying that not only he but all the players were working together.
“Fall baseball can go easily if the center fielder breaks out, but I think all players need to do well, not just me,” he said, “I watched how NC played with focus in the Semi-Po. We’ll keep our nerves on edge and prepare with focus.”
Park also spoke about the absence of Kang Baek-ho, who was ruled out of the POs due to a side muscle tear.
“Every player has their own role,” he said, adding, “I don’t think there will be any pressure on me without Baek-ho. I won’t pay much attention to that aspect.” 카지노사이트