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Giants’ Jung Hoo Lee to undergo season-ending surgery to repair torn labrum – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

SAN FRANCISCO — Jung Hoo Lee’s first season with the Giants is over.

Lee has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will undergo season-ending surgery in the coming weeks, the Giants announced Friday. He suffered structural damage after crashing into the center field fence last weekend, and a second opinion Thursday confirmed the labrum needed to be surgically repaired.

Lee said this was actually his second shoulder dislocation. He said he was disappointed, but he plans to come back strong. Through interpreter Justin Han, Lee said the first month-plus in the major leagues was the “happiest time of my baseball career.”

Lee signed a six-year, $113 million contract this offseason, the largest the Giants have ever given to a free agent. They hoped he could fix their center field defense, a weakness the past two seasons, and inject needed athleticism.

Lee was installed as the leadoff hitter and started 37 games before getting injured, hitting .262 with a .641 OPS and two home runs. He played solid defense in center field and the Giants were excited that Lee didn’t seem to have an adjustment period from the KBO to the MLB. His batting skills translated and the staff was hopeful for a big summer and second half.

Without Lee, Luis Matos will have the chance to become the everyday center back. The 22-year-old is 4-for-12 since returning from Triple-A, with one homer and five RBIs. He was shaky in center field the first two nights of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the staff asked him to play deeper and he robbed Teoscar Hernández of a home run on Wednesday.

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