San Francisco Giants' Star Rookie Jung Hoo Lee To Have Season-Ending Surgery

The San Francisco Giants are losing star rookie Jung Hoo Lee for the season due to a torn labrum.
May 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Jung Hoo Lee (51) looks on
May 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Jung Hoo Lee (51) looks on / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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The worst fear has turned into has turned into a reality for the San Francisco Giants.

Rookie superstar Jung Hoo Lee is going to be out for the season as he undergoes surgery to repair a torn labrum, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

It was revealed just a few days ago that an MRI showed structural damage in his shoulder, but the team was going to get a second opinion. That second opinion made it clear surgery was the best route forward.

Lee was showing promise at the plate, slashing .262/.310/.641. His xBA was up to .284 and he struck out at one of the lowest rates in the league.

Along with showing some potential at the plate, the 25-year-old also looked to be on his way to becoming one of the best defensive center fielders in all of baseball. He showed off great speed with an even better arm.

The Korean native joined the Giants after seven stellar seasons in the KBO that saw him slash .340/.407/.491 in his career en route to winning an MVP award.

This is just the latest in a long string of injuries as San Francisco is being forced to reevaluate how they approach the rest of the season.

Along with Lee being out due to injury the following contributors are also on the injured list for the Giants: Patrick Bailey, Nick Ahmed, Michael Conforto, Austin Slater, Tom Murphy, Alex Cobb, Blake Snell, Robbie Ray and Keaton Winn.

This is a team who has become ravaged by injuries after starting out slow when they were healthy.

They're currently just 1.5 games outside of the Wild Card spot at 20-25, but the road ahead will be tough. There are a lot of teams around them and those clubs are not dealing with nearly as much of an injury issue.

Dylan Sanders


Dylan Sanders graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree from the Manship School of Mass Communication in 2023. He was born in raised in Baton Rouge, LA but has also lived in Buffalo, NY. Though he is a recent graduate, he has been writing about sports since he was in high school, covering different sports from baseball to football. While in college, he wrote for the school paper The Reveille and for 247Sports. He was able cover championships in football, baseball and women's basketball during his time at LSU. He has also spent a few years covering the NFL draft and every day activities of the New Orleans Saints. He is a Senior Writer at Inside the Marlins and will also be found across Sports Illustrated's baseball sites as a contributing writer. You can follow him on Twitter or Instagram @dillysanders