FA Reward Player → LG Unfortunate Finishing, First Division ‘0’ Match for 5 Years, Finally Released

LG Twins’ ‘unfortunate closer’ Lim Jung-woo (32) has been placed on the disabled list.

LG announced the players who were removed from the disabled list on the 25th. Pitchers Song Eun-beom Lee Chan-hyuk Kim Tae-hyung (left) Sung Jae-hyun Lim Jung-woo, infielders Seo Geon-chang Jeong Joo-hyun Kim Sung-hyeop Choi Hyun-joon, and outfielders Lee Ik-woong Choi Min-chang Lee Chul-min were notified of their release. Jeong announced his intention to retire.토토사이트

Lim Jung-woo is a pitcher who once served as LG’s closer. He shined as a closer, but after injuries and surgeries, he never recovered and was released. He hasn’t made a first-team appearance in the last five years.

Lim was drafted by SK in the fourth round (26th overall) of the 2011 KBO Draft. He appeared in four games (5⅔ innings of scoreless relief) for SK in his rookie year in 2011 before moving to LG the following year. After the 2011 season, SK acquired free agent Jo In-sung, and LG designated prospect pitcher Lim Jung-woo as compensation for Jo’s free agency.

After moving to LG, Lim primarily pitched out of the bullpen and briefly filled in as the fifth starter in 2014. He pitched the first month of 2015 as a starter before returning to the bullpen to pitch 109 innings.

2016 was a career-high season. After gaining experience in the bullpen through 2015, Lim took over the closing duties in 2016. He appeared in 67 games, posting a 3-8 record with 28 saves and a 3.82 ERA. He finished second in saves behind Kim Se-hyun (then of Nexen, 36 saves).

After a stellar 2016 season, Lim was named to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) roster in March 2017. But it was a hosadama. He suffered a shoulder injury during training camp in Okinawa, Japan, and was eventually removed from the squad. He spent the first half of the year rehabbing and returned to the first team in August, posting a 2.70 ERA in 17 games (16⅔ innings) with one hold. Things didn’t go so well after that.

He had some personal issues leading up to the 2018 season and was sidelined with an elbow injury after two appearances in late March, shortly after the start of the season. He underwent elbow ligament reconstruction and bone chip removal surgery. He used the rehabilitation period to enlist in the army as a social worker in January 2019, and returned from military service in November 2020.

However, even after his discharge, there was a long hiatus due to residual injuries and rehabilitation before he could take the mound. He didn’t pitch a game for either the first or second team in 2021. He pitched four games in exhibition games before disappearing for the 2022 season. He didn’t pitch for the second team until September due to injury. In September 2022, he pitched three scoreless innings in three Futures League games.

He tried to make a comeback this year, but it didn’t work out. He didn’t make it back to the first team this year, and he had zero appearances in the Futures League. Lim’s last appearance in the first team was on March 27, 2018, against the Nexen. It’s been nearly six years since he’s been on the mound. He pitched three games in the second team during that time. After 2069 days, he was placed on the disabled list.

Lim’s 28 saves in 2016 were the most in LG closers’ history, behind Kim Yong-soo (30 saves in 1994, 35 saves in 1995), Lee Sang-hoon (37 saves in 1997, 30 saves in 2003), Woo Kyu-min (30 saves in 2007), and Bong Joong-geun (38 saves in 2013, 30 saves in 2014). Ko Woo-seok then set the club record with 42 saves in 2022, following 35 saves in 2019 and 30 saves in 2021.

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