Anthony Ranaudo is an ex-big league pitcher playing for the Korea Baseball Organization. His team said that he had been ruled out for the rest of the South Korean season because of a hand injury.
The Samsung Lions announced that the American right-hander pitcher underwent surgery in New York last Thursday. This surgery is to repair his broken right hand.
Ranaudo took the batted ball to his right hand during their game against the NC Dinos last July 27. His right, pitching hand was diagnosed with a broken bone. He left Korea for the United States last July 30 for further diagnosis and treatment.
The right-hand surgery ended the disastrous first KBO season for Ranaudo. He reportedly signed a $1.05 million contract to play for Samsung Lions. He was immediately hailed to the potential No. 1 starter too.
However, Ranaudo just went to a 2-3 in 11 starts. He also posted a 6.80 ERA during the 49 innings.
The pitcher also did not start his season until May with an injury. Because of it, he never found his groove until the next two months.
Good History before KBO
Before he joined the KBO, he was Boston Red Sox’s first former round pick. He also had an impressive 5-5 record with a 7.01 ERA during his 20 big league games.
KBO teams are allowed to get a maximum of two foreign pitchers. The Samsung Lion imported Zach Petrick who also struggled this year. He had a record of 2-8 with 5.65 ERA during his 18 starts. Petrick is also rehabbing from his back injury since the middle of July.
The Samsung Lions have not had much success when it comes to foreign pitchers. Just last year, they received six wins courtesy of their three imported arms: Allen Webster, Collin Balester, and Yohan Flande. Meanwhile, Ranaudo and Petrick’s combined wins are just four in 2017.