Former major league pitcher Oh Seung-hwan made his first Samsung Lions spring training appearance since returning to the KBO last year. He threw one inning in relief during the team’s practice game. He pitched a one-out single.
Based on Samsung Lions betting reports, Oh made his KBO debut with the team in 2005. He pitched for the Lions until 2013. Then Oh spent two years with Hanshin Tigers in the J-League. He started his MLB career in 2016, where he pitched for the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and the Rockies.
However, the Rockies cut him from the team in July 2019. As a result, he went back to Korea to rejoin the Lions in August. Before the Rockies released Oh, he was already ruled out for the entire season due to elbow issues.
Oh in Samsung Lions Spring Training
Oh got elbow surgery in August to get rid of inflamed tissue and bone chip. It looked like he recovered from the surgery because sports betting odds makers have seen him playing catch before pitching last Wednesday.
According to baseball betting strategies experts, Oh is still serving a 72-game suspension by the KBO for illegal gambling. He already served 42 games of the ban in 2019 and needs to sit out 30 more games in 2020. It is a win-win situation for the team and the pitcher because it gives him enough time to recover from his surgery fully.
Oh has a great career in the KBO. He is the career leader in saves with 277. Also, he owns the record for most saves in a single season with 47. He achieved the milestone in 2006 and matched it in 2011. In 2010, he got the same elbow surgery from last August. Samsung Lions pitching staff is hoping he can fully recover this time around as well.