NC Dinos pitcher Koo Chang-mo is approaching the final hurdle toward the Hangzhou Asian Games. NC coach Kang In-kwon plans to immediately call Koo Chang-mo, who made his first actual appearance in the Futures League after returning from injury, to the first team. Koo Chang-mo is expected to undergo a final inspection at the first-team bullpen mound ahead of the national team call-up this coming weekend.스포츠토토
Koo Chang-mo started as a starter in the Futures League game against KT WIZ held in Iksan on September 19th, pitching 27 pitches (19 strikes), allowing 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, and no runs in 2 innings. KBO Power Strengthening Committee Chairman Jo Gye-hyun and national team coach Ryu Joong-il watched Koo Chang-mo’s first pitch in person on site.
Coach Kang In-kwon met with reporters ahead of the Jamsil Doosan Bears game on the 19th and said, “I received a report that Koo Chang-mo showed no major abnormalities and did not feel any discomfort after playing two innings. They said that the team’s measurement results showed a maximum speed of 146 km/h and an average speed of 144 km/h. He said, “I am thinking of registering with the first team immediately tomorrow (20th).”
Koo Chang-mo plans to pitch in relief if he is promoted to the first team on the 20th. Before the national team is called up on the 23rd, it is the final step to check that there are no problems with the player’s condition through a first-team bullpen appearance.
Manager Kang said, “As a starting pitcher, I have not been able to fill the number of pitches, so I have no choice but to pitch in the bullpen first. First of all, I will train tomorrow to check my physical condition and see if I can fight. If we go to the postseason, of course Koo Chang-mo must take on the role of starting pitcher. If you go through the process of increasing the number of pitches after returning from the national team, you will be able to get on the starting mound. “He just needs to throw up to 80 pitches, if not 100 pitches.”
3rd place NC, which is in a fierce battle with 2nd place KT WIZ, is also in a situation where it must shake off the pursuit of 4th place Doosan and 5th place KIA. NC will begin its starting rotation this week, starting with Pedi on the 19th, followed by Tanner (20th), Shin Min-hyuk (21st), Choi Seong-young (22nd), and Lee Jae-hak (23rd). Whether or not Peddie will appear on the 24th is expected to be decided depending on the results of this week’s games and the flow of the ranking battle.
Coach Kang said, “We will decide the timing of Peddie’s next pitch considering next week’s game against KIA. Pedi is not a style that unconditionally emphasizes only one’s routine. “He is a player who can adjust to certain aspects depending on the team’s circumstances.”
Meanwhile, NC played against Doosan on the 19th with Son Ah-seop (designated hitter) – Park Min-woo (second baseman) – Park Geon-woo (right fielder) – Martin (center fielder) – Kwon Hee-dong (left fielder) – Seo Ho-cheol (third baseman) – Yoon Hyeong-jun (first baseman) – Kim Hyeong-jun (Catcher) – The starting batting lineup led by Kim Joo-won (shortstop) will face Doosan starting pitcher Jang Won-jun.
Coach Kang said, “Kim Hyeong-jun and Kim Joo-won, who will join the Asian Games national team this weekend, plan to play until just before joining.”