June 22, 2024

Giants’ Jung Hoo Lee to have season-ending shoulder surgery

San Francisco Giants outfielder Jung Hoo Lee will bear season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder within the subsequent couple of weeks, the staff introduced Friday.

Lee injured the shoulder when he crashed into the center-field wall after he leaped in an try to catch a fly ball in Sunday’s residence sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds. He was initially identified with a dislocation, and an MRI later revealed structural harm within the shoulder. Lee obtained a second opinion Thursday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who confirmed the shoulder would require surgery.

Lee will have about six months of rehab and is anticipated to make a full restoration for the 2025 season, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi stated.

“First of all I feel bad for him, but obviously for our team he loves playing baseball and he loves playing for the Giants and this was a significant sign for us, so it’s disappointing for everybody, mostly for him,” supervisor Bob Melvin stated. “We’ll find a way to do our thing without him, but he was really a key guy for us and he knows that. Nothing you can do about it. You play a certain way and sometimes these things are going to happen. Yeah, this is going to take a little bit to sink in.”

Lee was one of many large offseason additions for the Giants after starring for years taking part in professionally in his native South Korea, the place he had surgery on the identical shoulder in 2018. He signed a $113 million, six-year contract with San Francisco and had been the staff’s beginning heart fielder this season.

Zaidi stated the Giants obtained a few medical opinions and stated in some circumstances the surgery might be delay till the top of the season and a participant can rehab by the damage contemplating the restoration is about six months.

“In this case given his age and the fact that he’s injured the shoulder before and just the medical collective consensus medical opinions it made sense to get this taken care of right away and give him as much of a head start preparing for 2025 as possible,” Zaidi stated.

Lee, 25, excelled within the area and hit .262 with two homers, eight RBIs and .641 OPS in 37 video games. Luis Matos has moved over to heart area instead of Lee.

“It’s not how I thought [I’d] end my rookie season this year,” Lee stated by an interpreter. “But from all my baseball career I’ve had, this could be one of the most disappointing seasons I had. And for now, I’m just trying to think about it more optimistically. Trying to think about not the past, but the future.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.