Koo Chang-mo, a returning agent, is likely to fail in AG… What about only two left-handers in the national team 

At the same time as a national left-hander, it is an atmosphere that the return before the convocation of the Gu Chang-mo (NC) competition, which was expected as an ace candidate, has become distant. A situation where it is likely that he will not participate in the Asian Games. What should be done about the left-handed famine of the baseball team with only two players?스포츠토토

Gu Chang-mo’s return to practice is in fact difficult until September. NC Dinos coach Kang In-kwon reported the news of Koo Chang-mo’s re-examination in mid-August ahead of the game against the Busan Lotte Giants on the 2nd. He also said that after he had a re-examination in mid-August, he should first check the medical rehabilitation situation.

NC coach Kang In-kwon said, “I think you know that you have not been able to enter the technical training right now,” and is still in the rehabilitation stage. Whether it will be 3 weeks or 4 weeks has not been accurately announced yet, but I think it will be around mid-August.

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Only the re-examination schedule has come out roughly, but the schedule for technical training has not yet been set. On June 3, Koo Chang-mo was removed from the first team due to damage to the flexor muscle in his left forearm. He then returned home on June 23 after undergoing rehabilitation in Japan, but was also diagnosed with a stress fracture of the ulna of his left arm. Since it was a fracture that occurred again after surgery for the same injury in 2021, his rehabilitation is being delayed further.

Director Kang In-kwon said, “Maybe I will have another checkup in 3 weeks, and I don’t know if I will do another checkup in 1 week or 4 weeks, but I think I’ll have to look at the process and condition of the checkup and schedule the next one.” .

This means that there may be a situation in which you will be re-examined one more time after being re-examined in mid-August for ulnar stress fractures. In addition, even if good results come out in the reexamination, it is inevitable that it will take more time to start technical training and make the body condition to throw the ball. In fact, this is the reason why returning before September has become a long way off.

After being nominated by the NC in the 2nd round (3rd overall) in 2015, Gu Chang-mo played in 163 games (628.2 innings) until last year, recording 46-34 with an average ERA of 3.74, Kim Gwang-hyun (SSG)-Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA) He was chosen as the representative left-hander of the KBO League following the .

In particular, Koo Chang-mo recorded 11 wins, 5 losses and an average ERA of 2.10 in 19 games last season, after overcoming a major injury, and played an active role as NC’s native ace and the best left-handed pitcher in the league. This season, he showed an unchangingly good figure with an average ERA of 3.26 with 1 win and 3 losses, but his glass body temperament recurred.

The delay in rehabilitation of Gu Chang-mo is the biggest misfortune for individual players and NC, but the national team is also in an emergency situation. The Korean baseball team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which will be held in October, will be convened in September. Even if Gu Chang-mo’s injury recovery by mid-August shows a good prognosis, it is difficult to guarantee that the rehabilitation period will be completed before the call, and it is impossible to guarantee that the position will return to the normal track.

Ryu Joong-il-ho’s baseball team is also in a position where it can’t wait for the return of Koo Chang-mo. Among the 12 entries for national team pitchers announced in June, only 3, including Gu Chang-mo, were left-handers, and the remaining 9 were all filled with right-handers. If Koo Chang-mo leaves the national team, only KIA left-handed duo Choi Ji-min and Lee Eui-ri will remain.

Both Choi Ji-min and Lee Eui-ri are doing well at KIA this season, but they do not have the weight or experience of Gu Chang-mo, who was originally selected and selected as the national ace. As a result, it is Ryu Joong-il-ho who needs a left-handed pitcher to replace Gu Chang-mo or an ace comparable to him.


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