Woojin can’t come back in 2025? What about the ML time table? No Frustration…Ryu Hyun-jin and Kim Kwang-hyun also made a comeback
Kiwoom ace Ahn Woo-jin (24) clearly takes a comma. On the 1st, he had a hospital checkup to check for accumulated elbow fatigue, and he was found to need Tommy John surgery. It was interpreted that it did not come with pain, but it was acute deterioration.
Kiwoom plans to put Ahn Woo-jin on the operating table as soon as possible. That’s because I can buy time. Tommy John surgery usually takes about a year and a half to recover. It is possible to return as early as a year, but it is not easy. Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) also returned in August, a year and two months after undergoing surgery in June last year.
Tommy John surgery has a high rate of comeback success. Now, it is hard to find a case that has never been received among pitchers who have thrown a lot and are good at throwing. Ryu Hyun-jin received it twice, and Kim Kwang-hyun (SSG) also received it after the 2016 season. Both have even returned as top-class pitchers. Of course, it is widely believed that a certain period of time is needed even after returning to completely regain the pitching sense. However, Ahn Woo-jin is 24 years old. Age is still a weapon.
What I’m really curious about is Ahn Woojin’s future time table. Nothing has been decided yet, and the club plans to support Ahn Woo-jin as much as possible, leaving all possibilities open. In common sense, Ahn Woo-jin cannot play in the 2024 season anyway, so he should keep in mind the possibility of resolving his military service. It is also closely correlated with the direction of the club.
If Ahn Woo-jin undergoes a physical examination and receives water supply, he may serve in the military in an environment that can be combined with rehabilitation. If he can serve in the military as a social service worker, he may not be able to play some or all of the 2025 season. Currently, the service period of social service personnel is one year and nine months, three months longer than that of active duty (1 year and 6 months).
Anyway, Ahn Woo-jin will not be able to wear the Taegeuk mark in the future due to his past history. Then you should serve in the military someday. For Kiwoom, of course, while rehabilitating, he can think of serving in the military. The priority is to schedule the surgery first, but the club is also expected to naturally listen to Ahn Woo-jin’s opinion on military service.
There is a reason why this is important. This is because Ahn Woo-jin’s final dream and goal is the Major League. It was publicly revealed to reporters during the 2022 season. Ahn Woo-jin’s major league dream is no longer a secret. In order to go to the Major League, it is important to solve military service in advance.
Ahn Woo-jin cannot benefit from the number of days of registration related to the national team. This surgery and rehabilitation could delay the time to challenge the Major League. But it’s not something to think bad about. Ahn Woo-jin, who throws a fast ball anyway, has always had a risk for his elbow. Rather, it may be better to recover your elbow health this time, considering the distant future.
Ahn Woo-jin has not been registered in the first division for more than 145 days a year since his debut in 2018. In the first and second years, his skills have improved less, and he has been slightly injured. However, up to 30 days can be preserved on the injured list. Although it’s only a little bit more, there’s no need to be frustrated. It is time for the club and Ahn Woo-jin to calmly draw the future.