“It’s no fun when you get hurt”… Watch out for injuries while sleeping or waking up until you go to Hangzhou. The 163cm little giant knows it well.

“You know because I’ve been hurt a lot. It was no fun because I couldn’t do anything.”

Samsung Lions infielder Kim Ji-chan (22) was proudly named in the recently announced Hangzhou Asian Games national team list. Kim Ji-chan, along with his teammate Won Tae-in, board a flight to Hangzhou representing Samsung. He has a chance to stand in the outfield defense, including the shortstop position, as well as the second base, the main position, depending on the situation.스포츠토토

Kim Ji-chan is making a big success this season with a batting average of 0.300, 48 hits, 1 home run, 5 RBIs and 36 points in 46 games. In the three weekend series matches against the Lotte Giants right after he was confirmed as the Hangzhou Asian Games national team, he wielded a strong blow with 6 hits in 12 at-bats, 2 RBIs and 2 runs, giving the team a winning series.

Kim Ji-chan plans to focus on preventing injuries before going to Hangzhou. Photo (Daegu) = Reporter Lee Jeong-won
Kim Ji-chan, whom I recently met, said, “It feels good to be selected. Now I only think that I have to go and do well,” he said.

Kim Ji-chan has the potential to play an active role in the outfield as well as the infield. Except for Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom), Choi Ji-hoon (SSG), and Choi Won-jun (KIA), there are no resources classified as outfielders. So, baseball team coach Ryu Joong-il said at a press conference on the 9th, “There are three outfielders, but there are three players who can go from the infield to the outfield. I will make good use of Kim Hye-seong, Kang Baek-ho, and Kim Ji-chan.”

Kim Ji-chan said, “I think I can do it with a little practice in the outfield defense. However, I think I will be able to do well with training to follow the batted ball, but the ambiguous batting judgment requires a little training because I have not played in the outfield much.”

From now on, taking care of your body is important. Kim Ji-chan knows the importance of taking care of his body. Since his debut in the 2020 season, he has not played in all games. He has been playing in fewer and fewer games (135-120-113). There was a break in terms of his physical strength arrangement, but there was also an injury reason. He was also briefly out of the first team this season due to a hamstring injury.

Let’s look forward to seeing Kim Ji-chan shine in Hangzhou. Photo = Reporter Kim Young-gu
Kim Ji-chan also said, “I think you need to take good care of your body. I can’t go if I get hurt. You have to prepare well before the start of the competition,” he said. “I know because I have been hurt a lot. If you get hurt, you can’t do anything, so it’s no fun. If you get hurt, you can’t play baseball, so I’m always thinking about it.”

Until the national team is summoned, I plan to focus on my team, Samsung.

He said, “It’s good to be selected, but I think the team game comes first. We need to focus on the league. The league continues until the convocation, so I will play well and not get hurt,” he said. “I want to go to Hangzhou again and do well. I will not harm the team, but I will help even a little.”

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