Choi Ji-man, who left due to injury after transferring to the San Diego Padres, but what about the current situation?
San Diego coach Bob Melvin gave Choi Ji-man the news ahead of the away game against the St. Louis Cardinals to be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri on the 30th (Korean time), saying, “It is still a long way off.”
Choi Ji-man, who was on the disabled list due to a left rib cage sprain, is currently moving to Arizona and continuing rehabilitation.
Melvin said, “Currently, I am increasing the intensity of hitting training by doing soft toss. I still don’t know when live betting will happen,” he explained the situation.
Choi Ji-man, who moved to San Diego from the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead of the trade deadline, has played 7 games with the new team, going 11 at bats with no hits, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts. He has not played since the last 12 days away from Arizona.
In San Diego, Choi Ji-man and even Jake Cronenworth left due to a fracture in his left arm, and the number of first base players thinned out.
One person’s departure means another person’s opportunity. Garrett Cooper, who joined San Diego along with Choi Ji-man, seized the opportunity.
Cooper is active with a batting average of 0.385 (15 hits in 39 at-bats), 1 home run and 5 RBIs in the last 13 games. The day before, he also played an active role with 3 hits and 3 RBIs in the first game of the series against St. Louis.
Manager Melvin highly praised the transfer student’s performance, saying, “As time goes on, he is showing a more productive appearance.”
The San Diego Padres faced lefty Jack Thompson that day against Ha-seong Kim (2nd baseman) Juan Soto (left fielder) Manny Machado (designated hitter) Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder) Zander Bogatz (shortstop) Garrett Cooper (1st baseman) Luis Campusano (catcher) Matthew Batten. (Third baseman) Jose Ajoca (center fielder) comes out with a lineup.
Coach Melvin said of Ajoka, who had a chance to start after a long time, “It is not easy to come out and play after sitting for a long time. He prepared the best match-up possible.”