KT Wiz outfielder Anthony Alford (29) was replaced due to back muscle spasm during base run.
Alford started as the third hitter and left fielder against the Hanwha Eagles in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 14th.
Alford finished his first at-bat with a fly ball to second baseman with one out and first base in the bottom of the first inning. Afterwards, he hit a heavy hit in the second at-bat with no outs and continued his chances with no outs and 1st and 3rd bases.
Alford, who was on base, was caught in reverse motion while returning to first base at the check of opponent starter Kim Min-woo. Afterwards, he made a rundown play and tried to avoid the opponent’s tag, and at that moment a giddy scene occurred. In the process of sliding to first base, he collided with second baseman Oh Seon-jin.
Afterwards, the kt bench replaced Alford ahead of the defense in the beginning of the 5th inning, and Jung Joon-young, a major defense, was put in. Jung Joon-young took on the center fielder and started as a center fielder, and Kim Min-hyeok moved to left field. 메이저놀이터
A kt official explained, “Alford suffered muscle spasms in his back due to a collision while sliding. He is icing as a replacement to protect the player, and there are currently no plans for a hospital check-up.”
Currently, kt’s starting pitchers Eom Sang-baek and So-Jun Sohn, relief pitchers Kim Min-soo and Ju-kwon, and outfielder Bae Jeong-dae are missing due to injuries. In this situation, if even Alford suffers a major injury, kt coach Lee Kang-cheol will have to go deeper.