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LG Twins to consider replacing injured pitcher Liz

2014/01/23 16:15

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- The LG Twins in the top South Korean baseball league said Thursday they will consider replacing injured starting pitcher Radhames Liz.

The 30-year-old fireballer from the Dominican Republic has left the Twins' spring training camp in Arizona with a slight fracture in his right knee, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said.

According to the Twins, Liz joined the camp last Thursday in pain. He was later diagnosed with the fracture just below his right knee at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, the team added.

Liz will need six weeks to recover, plus an additional two to three months of rehabilitation, which will rule him out for the first half of the season.

Liz had gone 26-38 with a 3.51 ERA over the past three seasons with the Seoul-based Twins. He was 10-13 last year but had a solid 3.06 ERA and led the KBO with 188 strikeouts and 202 2/3 innings pitched.

He helped the Twins reach their first postseason since 2002 and threw eight shutout innings in the Twins' 2-0 win over the Doosan Bears in Game 2 of their second round playoff series. The Twins lost the best-of-five series in four games.

An official with the team said the Twins will monitor Liz's progress but will also consider acquiring a new player since the pitcher won't be ready to start the season.