Injured Choi is lucky…just a bruise, not a broken ankle.

Choi Ji-Man (32, San Diego Padres) was preparing to return to the major leagues when he suffered a foot injury during a rehab game. Fortunately, it turned out to be a bruise and not a serious injury such as a fracture.

A representative of Choi’s domestic management told The Korea Herald on July 7, “Choi was diagnosed with a bruise after a medical examination.” “It is not a serious injury and he is expected to return within the season,” he said.

On the same day, MLB.com reported that “Choi suffered a fracture in his right foot,” adding, “The injury is likely to end his season.”

Choi, who was placed on the disabled list (IL) last month after being diagnosed with a left rib sprain, began a rehab assignment the day before.

He played for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas of the San Diego organization against the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers) and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a hit. However, in his final at-bat, he was hit in the foot by his own foul pitch.

Choi, who previously opened the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was placed on the IL on April 16 with an Achilles injury.

After three months of rehabilitation, he returned to the big leagues on July 8 and was traded to San Diego on August 2 at the trade deadline. After going 0-for-11 in his first seven games with San Diego, he was placed on the IL again on September 15 with a sprained left rib.안전놀이터

After shaking off the rib injury, he began a rehab assignment and was preparing to return to the big leagues, only to be hampered by another injury.

Choi has appeared in just 30 games this year, hitting just .179 with six home runs and 11 RBIs.

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