Those Accursed Elbow Injuries

Former Cleveland Indian Jeff Manship set a new KBO record with seven consecutive wins to start his KBO career after receiving a $1.8 million contract this off-season from the NC Dinos.  He has a 1.49 ERA with 38 Ks in 42.1 innings pitched to go with his 7-0 record.

However, it was reported yesterday that Manship will miss at least the next six weeks due to an elbow injury.  Yonhap describes the injury as “damage to his elbow muscles,” which sounds better than an elbow ligament injury, but I wonder if it’s really the same thing.

Aside from being a blow to his team, Manship’s injury is blow to the entire league.  As I’ve written earlier, KBO attendance is down in the early going this season due to the South Korean team falling flat in this year’s World Baseball Classic.  Manship’s record winning streak was certainly something to for KBO fans to get excited about.

As I’ve also written earlier (same post), the KBO spent a lot of money this off-season to get the best foreign players available; and Manship, coming off a successful MLB season in 2016 for the World Series Indians, was certainly someone to make KBO fans believe they were getting to watch a quality baseball product for their money.  Manship’s injury is just another disappointment for the KBO and South Korean baseball fans this year.

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