After shaking off an ankle injury, Bae Ji-hwan 바카라(23-Pittsburgh Pirates) recorded his first hit in the minor leagues.
Bae started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a walk against the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett Strikers on Thursday at Cooley Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Bae complained of ankle pain after hitting a grounder to second base in the eighth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 2.
He was placed on the injured list (IL) the next day and began his rehabilitation by playing catch and taking fielding drills in the minor leagues. In his first rehab game on April 2, he didn’t get a hit, but he drew a walk and scored a run.
Bae got his first hit in the second game. In the first inning, he took a 94.5 mph fastball from starter Dylan Dodd for a single to left field.
If Bae can quickly improve his plate discipline and at-bats in the minors, he could be on his way back to the big leagues. MLB.com did not provide a timetable for his return.
In his first full season in the majors this year, Bae hit .238 with two home runs, 19 RBIs, 20 doubles and a .609 OPS in 76 games.
Meanwhile, Park Hyo-joon, who plays for the Gwinnett Strikers, did not play in the game and will not face Bae Ji-hwan.
Park, who hasn’t played in the majors this year, has played 67 games in Triple-A, hitting .288 with five home runs, 29 RBIs, 10 doubles, and an OPS of .817.