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Owing to wrist discomfort, Jung Ho Kang’s status turns ‘day-to-day’

Baseball player Jung Ho Kang, the South Korean infielder of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is forced to stay out of the line-up in triple A ball due to a wrist injury. Todd Tomczyk, director of sports medicine for the Pirates, said that Kang had to taken off the starting lineup before the game against Indianapolis Indians since he complained of ‘left wrist discomfort’ and is now on ‘day to day’ status. Kang has been a reliable middle order hitter for the Pirates during his first 2 seasons with the team.

This could be a roadblock on his way to making a major league comeback, after missing the entire last season due to a conviction in Seoul in March 2017 that led to a suspended jail term. He was on the list of restricted players, who are not allowed to compete due to non-injury reasons like arrests, and was not paid while on the list. He was reinstated on the 40- man roster of the Pirates only last Friday and is now suffering from discomfort in the left wrist.

Wrist pain, among the top sports related injury, is very common in baseball players, since the sport requires the wrist to be moved in every direction, and sometimes at odd angles too. Mild pain could be the result of an improper follow through when you swing the bat. And a more severe wrist injury could be the result of jamming the wrist on the bag while sliding to a base, or using the hand to stop the sliding the movement. That is why players are advised to make it a habit to slide feet-first.

The injury may be a sprain, ruptured tendons or even broken bones. Swelling and discomfort may make it difficult or even impossible to move the wrist. You must rest the wrist and apply an ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes, repeating the procedure every 2 to 3 hours to bring the swelling down. However, it is important to get immediate medical assistance to rule out any severe injury to the wrist, since playing baseball requires full range of motion in the wrist. Thorough inspection and proper diagnosis is essential, followed by appropriate treatment and adequate rest.