Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Kim Gwang-hyun update.
SK Wyverns ace Kim Gwang-hyun had been in Fukuoka, Japan receiving rehabilitative treatment for facial paralysis caused by a very unfortunate stroke. He arrived back in Korea on the 3rd of August as seen in the photo above.
His face looks very healthy in the photo and reports at the airport confirmed that he is looking very good.
Kim had not given interviews after his stroke as his facial condition did not allow it. He stated to onlookers during his arrival that his face did not hurt and he thanked everyone for their concern.
Kim suffered a minor stroke right after leading his team to a KBO championship win in 2010. He couldn't train in the off-season and started to pitch at the beginning of the 2011 season despite not achieving full recovery. With career stats at 48-20, 2.65 at the end of the 2010 season, people were wondering why his balance was off and he could not match his usual numbers at the beginning of the season. He was shuffled back and forth from the big to minor leagues from May to June. After giving up 6 runs in 4 and a third innings against the LG Twins on June 18 and 8 runs in 9 innings against the Kia Tigers in his next start on the 23rd, Kim was sent to the minors and has not seen KBO action again so far this season.
After an announcement made that he had suffered this stroke, he was sent to Japan for rehabilitation on the 12th of July.
SK has been pushing for a September return, but Kim's return may come sooner as his rehabilitation is ahead of schedule. Still, SK manager Kim Seung-geun states he will not rush Kim's return, as he wants to start the Kim Gwang-hyun everyone knows.
Upon arrival at the airport on the 3rd, Kim went home and planned to rejoin the team the following day.