‘160km’ Moon Dong-ju, ‘130 Inning’ Will the bolt be unlocked?

The club is in trouble over the Hanwha Eagles’ prospect, Moon Dong-ju (19). Manager Choi Won-ho suggested that Moon Dong-ju’s pitching innings, which had been limited to ‘up to 130 innings’ this season, could be increased.메이저놀이터 

Moon Dong-ju, who joined last year, has grown under the strict management of the club. There was an opinion from former coach Subero that if he, who throws a fast ball at 160 km/h, throws many innings, the risk of injury may increase. Moon Dong-ju, who turned to pitching in his freshman year of high school, also followed the judgment that it was still too much to take on a full-time starting role on the professional stage.

Accordingly, the club decided to put an inning limit on Moon Dong-ju. Moon Dong-ju improved systematically last year by digesting 28 and 2/3 innings in the first group and 13 and 1/3 innings in the second group. He set a limit on the number of innings this year as well, with ‘up to 130 innings including the Asian Games (AG)’. Moon Dong-ju was selected for the 2023 Hangzhou AG national team to be held in September. 

However, Moon Dong-ju’s limited innings came sooner than expected. Until the 8th, Moon Dong-ju played 98 1/3 innings in the 1st team alone, and 130 innings are just around the corner. Considering the innings played by AG, arithmetically, the number of games that can be played in the league is 4-5. The season may end before or after the Asian Games in early September. 

In the midst of this, Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho expressed his intention to correct the path. “After completing AG, I will find out how to manage it according to medical judgment,” he said. It means you can throw more than you planned. 

Manager Choi Won-ho, who we met ahead of the Suwon KT Wiz match on the 8th, said, “We are constantly talking about this with the club. In fact, the reason why innings were restricted by age was based on a medical journal published in the United States in 2002. Isn’t each player’s body and environment different? It is unreasonable to define and match them equally.”  

Coach Choi Won-ho said, “Only the doctor can give an opinion on the player’s physical condition. He believes there are no real development experts other than doctors to judge young players. I think the doctor’s opinion is more correct than the inning limit (theory).” After he returns from AG, he will examine his condition and decide.” 

Coach Won-ho Choi also said at the beginning of his appointment that he would maintain the innings limit established by Dong-ju Moon. He also expressed his intention to manage it by giving him a break ahead of AG. However, due to the circumstances of the team where the starting lineup was not perfect, Moon Dong-ju had no choice but to slightly modify the management plan.

Moon Dong-ju is showing a respectable performance with an average ERA of 3.39 with 6 wins and 7 losses in 19 games this season, and is taking a place in the starting rotation. Depending on the management plan of Moon Dong-ju, Hanwha’s future performance is expected to change. However, I do not intend to overwhelm Moon Dong-ju. As a result of the examination, he said that if the medical staff dissuaded him, he would stop pitching even before 120 innings. Director Choi Won-ho said, “That doesn’t mean that he throws more than 200 innings like in the past. We will use medical findings that are convincing to anyone.” 


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