Jung Hoo Lee left the game due to dislocated shoulder


6:51 pm: Lee suffered a dislocated shoulder, according to the team's announcement (correcting manager Bob Melvin's earlier statement). Lee will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the damage, but a more serious dislocation could potentially jeopardize his season.

4:38 pm: Veteran center fielder Jung Hoo Lee The Giants later announced he missed today's game with the Reds due to a left shoulder strain. Lee tried to catch by jumping Jammer Candelario Fly ball in the first inning, but the ball hit the top of the wall for a three-run double, while Lee's arm made hard contact with the padding over the fence. Lee was in obvious pain from the awkward collision and was supporting his left arm as he left the field accompanied by a team trainer.

Manager Bob Melvin will certainly provide an update to the media on Lee after the game, but it certainly seems like a trip to the 10-day injured list is in order. Lee was just returning to the lineup today after missing San Francisco's last three games due to a minor foot injury when he threw himself out of a pitch in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Rockies.

Lee's situation has worsened the Giants' recent injury problems, as the team has lost five position players on the IL in a little more than a week. Michael Conforto Conforto joined today after being placed on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain. austin slater (concussion symptoms), Nick Ahmed (wrist sprain), George Soler (shoulder strain), and backup catcher tom murphy (Knee sprain) On the sidelines. patrick bailey Was activated from the seven-day concussion-related IL yesterday, but was a late start from today's lineup as the catcher is dealing with a viral illness and could potentially miss a few more days.

Losing all of these regular players is not good news for a team that was already having trouble generating offense, and with Lee, Conforto and Slater out the Giants will have a particular problem in the outfield. luis matos Conforto was called up today to take up a roster spot, so he will be joining mike yastrzemski, heliot ramosand utilityman tyler fitzgerald In an attempt to fill all the holes in the outfield depth chart. Lamonte Wade Jr. And Brett Wisely Can also contribute to corner outfield duty, and Wade Meckler The next call-up could come from Triple-A as Mekler is already on the 40-man roster.

For Lee himself, a significant injury would be a very unfortunate way to start his first season in Major League Baseball. The outfielder signed a six-year, $113MM deal with the Giants in December (the fourth-largest contract for any free agent last winter), with the team paying $18.825 million to Lee's old Korea baseball team, the Kiwoom Heroes. MM posting charges also added. Organization Club. Lee doesn't turn 26 until August, so the combination of his youth and his big numbers in the KBO League made him an attractive commodity in free agency, and the most invaluable acquisition of a very busy San Francisco offseason.

Lee's results in his first 37 games have been mixed, which is not surprising for any player getting his first taste of North American baseball, let alone the big games. Lee entered today's action hitting .262/.310/.331 over 158 plate appearances, which translated to an 89 wRC+. Pluses include some solid center field defense and plenty of contact, as Lee has been one of the league's hardest hitters to strike out this season. However, Lee hasn't done much with all of his contact, as his hard-hit ball rate is just above average, and he's not generating much power.


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