‘s chances of making the roster for the Asian Games have been boosted by proving he is healthy.
Koo started the Futures League game against the KT Wiz at Iksan Baseball Stadium on Sept. 19 and pitched two innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and no walks. He threw 27 pitches. Of those, 19 were for strikes.
Koo left the mound after just ⅓ of an inning against the LG Twins on June 2 after feeling pain in his left arm and was placed on the disabled list the next day. After a medical examination, he was diagnosed with a micro-injury to the flexor pollicis longus muscle in his left arm, and was later diagnosed with a fatigue fracture of the ulna in his left arm.
Gu’s health is in a state of flux as he has also been selected for the baseball team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which begin on March 23.
The national baseball team will convene on March 23. He needs to show a clear recovery before then. The first game was a success.
After a clean first inning with two strikeouts and a walk, Koo gave up an infield hit to Han Ji-yong two batters later, but he got Ji Kang-hyuk to fly out to end the inning.
If there is no special pain, he plans to be called up immediately and throw the ball in the first team.
NC manager Kang Myung-hyuk said before the game against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 19th, “He said he doesn’t feel any discomfort at the moment. I’ll think about it after today’s game, but I’m thinking of calling him up around tomorrow (the 20th).”
If he is called up to the first team, he plans to pitch in relief rather than starting right away. “I don’t have the pitch count to be a starter, so I’ll have to wait in the bullpen,” Kang said. Since I pitched today, it won’t be easy for me to pitch tomorrow, but I’m going to see how I train and check my physical condition. I also need to pitch a series, so I’m thinking about that.”
After the Asian Games, Kang plans to prepare as a starter. “If we go to the postseason, we’ll try to make him a starter,” Kang said. “First, I think we should use him as a bullpen and see how many pitches he throws. Even if he doesn’t need to throw 100 pitches, 80 pitches is enough for him to be a starter.”안전놀이터
NC will play a two-game series against Doosan on the 19th and 20th before hosting Kiwoom-LG on the 23rd and 24th at home. Third-place NC (65 wins, 2 draws, 53 losses) and fourth-place Doosan (64 wins, 1 draw, 57 losses) are separated by 2.5 games. “Peddie and Tanner will start, followed by Shin Min-hyuk, Choi Sung-young, and Lee Jae-hak,” Kang said of the starting rotation, adding, “The starting pitcher against Doosan on Sunday will depend on the situation. We also have a game against KIA next week, so we’ll have to think about it.”