Jose Altuve (Houston Astros) of the Venezuelan national team of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) suffered a fractured thumb in a setback in the quarterfinals.
The Associated Press and others reported on the morning of the 20th (Korean time) that Altuve is undergoing surgery due to a broken thumb on his right hand. In the WBC quarterfinal match against the United States the previous day, Altuve was hit by Daniel Bard’s 95.9 mph (approximately 154 km) 5th pitch sinking fastball at the end of the 5th inning when the team was trailing 2-5. Altuve sat down as it was, and was replaced by runner Luis Renjipo. Venezuela was hit with a come-from-behind grand slam by Trey Turner of the United States in the top of the 8th inning, leading 7-5 in the quarterfinals, and was thwarted from advancing to the semifinals.
Altuve is expected to be unable to play in major league games for the time being. In particular, Altuve’s injury is a major bad news for Houston, which won the World Series last year. Altuve is Houston’s main hitter, with a batting average of 0.307, 192 homers, 696 RBIs, 986 runs scored and 279 stolen bases in 1578 games. He was also named the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2017. “It looks like Altuve will take some time,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “Nobody wants to get hurt and I hate starting the season on the disabled list,” Altuve said. “I’ll do everything I can to get back as soon as possible.”
On the other hand, injuries are increasing in the WBC,바카라사이트 which competes for the championship with the honor of the country. On the 16th, Edwin Dias, a New York Mets special finishing pitcher who represented Puerto Rico, injured his right knee while celebrating with his teammates after leading the team to victory in the last group D game against the Dominican Republic, and the season was confirmed. In the Korean national team, LG closer Ko Woo-seok complained of symptoms of phlegm during a practice game, and as a result of the examination, it was confirmed that he had shoulder inflammation, making it unclear whether he would participate in the opening game.