SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) — Park Byung-ho, injured Korean designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins, will undergo rehab of his hand injury at home, his agency said Monday.
Seoul-based Leeco Sports Agency said Park is scheduled to arrive home early Wednesday, and will recover from a recent finger surgery that prematurely ended his first U.S. season.
Park signed a four-year, US$12 million contract with the Twins last December after going through the posting system. He’d been a feared slugger in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), belting 53 and 52 home runs in each for his final two seasons here with the Nexen Heroes.
The 30-year-old had a strong start to his big league career with six home runs in April, but struggled mightily from then on. Battling through wrist issues, Park was demoted to the minors in early July with a .191/.275/.409 line, 12 home runs and 24 RBIs in 62 games.
In Triple-A, Park batted .224 with 10 home runs and 19 RBIs in 31 games, before undergoing a season-ending finger operation in August.