Jung Hoo Lee Leaves Game Due To Dislocated Shoulder

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

4:38 p.m.: Giants center shuttle Jung Hoo Lee left today’s game with the Reds after suffering what the Giants later announced was a left shoulder strain. Lee made a leaping attempt to catch a Jeimer Candelario stole the 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 at the top of the fence. The awkward collision left Lee in obvious pain, and he favored his left arm as he left the field with the team’s trainer.

Manager Bob Melvin will surely provide the media with an update on Lee after the game, but it certainly appears a trip to the 10-day injured list is in order. Lee was just returning to the lineup today after missing San Francisco’s previous three games with a minor foot injury, after fouling himself on a pitch in the 8- 6 on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Lee’s situation adds to the Giants’ recent injury woes, as the team lost five position players to the IL in just over a week. Michael Conforto was just placed on the 10-day IL earlier today due to a hamstring strain, with Conforto joining Austin Slater (symptoms of concussion), Nick Ahmed (sprained wrist), Jorge Soler (shoulder strain) and backup receiver Tom Murphy (knee sprain) on the sidelines. Patrick Bailey was activated yesterday from the seven-day concussion-related IL, but was a late scratch from today’s roster as the receiver is dealing with a viral illness and could possibly miss a few days moreover.

Losing all of these regulars isn’t good news for a team that was already struggling to generate offense, and the Giants will have a particular problem in the outfield with Lee, Conforto and Slater all out. Luis Matos was called up to take Conforto’s place today, so he will join Mike Yastrzemski, Heliot Ramosand utility Tyler Fitzgerald trying to fill any gaps in the outfield depth chart. LaMonte Wade Jr. And Brett wisely could also participate in corner work in the field, and Wade Meckler could be the next call-up to Triple-A since Meckler 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, $113 million contract (the fourth-largest contract for a free agent last winter) with the Giants in December, with the team also adding a posting fee of $18.825 million to the Kiwoom Heroes, Lee’s former Korean baseball player. Organization club. Lee won’t turn 26 until August, so the combination of his youth and big numbers in the KBO League has made him an attractive commodity in free agency and the most expensive acquisition of a busy offseason at San Francisco.

Results were mixed through Lee’s first 37 games, not surprising for a player new to North American baseball, let alone the majors. Lee entered today’s action with a .262/.310/.331 average in 158 plate appearances, which translates to an 89 wRC+. The upside includes strong centerfield defense and plenty of contact, as Lee has been one of the hardest hitters in the league to strike out this season. However, Lee hasn’t done much with all of his contact, as his hard-hit ball rate is only slightly above average and he doesn’t generate much power.

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