Everyone will be able to see for themselves next week whether they will be able to go to the Asian Games or not.
NC Dinos’ left-handed ace Koo Chang-mo successfully completed live pitching. According to the schedule, after pitching one inning in the Futures League against Sangmu held at Masan Stadium at 11 am on the 16th, if there are no problems, he will be called up to the first team next week and serve as a bullpen pitcher.
On the morning of the 13th, Koo Chang-mo conducted a live pitching at Masan Stadium, NC’s Futures League stadium. As coach Kang In-kwon predicted the day before, a total of 30 balls were thrown, divided into two rounds of 15 balls each. He threw 17 fastballs, reaching a maximum distance of 140 km. He threw 5 sliders, 6 forkballs, and 2 curveballs to check the condition of his arm depending on the pitch type.
After finishing live pitching, Koo Chang-mo said, “It’s been a while since I stepped on the mound. My arm didn’t have any major problems, and I felt good overall. It was a time to check my breaking ball and set position. The velocity is gradually increasing, and the pitch position will improve as I play in the future.” “I have confidence that it will happen,” he said.
The reason why all baseball fans are focusing on Koo Chang-mo is whether he will participate in the Asian Games. If it’s the healthy Koo Chang-mo we’ve been seeing, he’s a left-handed pitcher good enough to become the national team’s ace. It is clear that he is a representative left-handed pitcher who can continue the lineage of the national team’s left-handed aces, following Ryu Hyun-jin, Kim Gwang-hyun, and Yang Hyun-jong. The problem is health. Health has been bothering him all along, and this year is no different.
If he is throwing the ball without any problems, there is no need for everyone to worry. We hope that Koo Chang-mo will play the role of an ace in important games such as the match against Taiwan or the finals, but with his current physical condition, it is unclear whether he will be able to pitch as a starter or pitch for more than one inning or two days in a row even if he pitches in the bullpen. It’s a situation that happens.
In a situation where people were debating whether to elect him or not, Koo Chang-mo was rather calm. Koo Chang-mo said, “I don’t think the Asian Games are something I can decide on,” and honestly stated his position, saying, “I want to do everything I can in my given position.” He continued, “I want to prepare well until the end and repay the team that I was unable to help due to the long absence. I will play healthy and confidently so as not to disappoint those who trusted and waited for me.”스포츠토토
On June 2nd, Koo Chang-mo voluntarily resigned after throwing 5 balls against the Jamsil LG Twins, complaining of discomfort in his left arm. In the end, he started playing catch at the end of August, almost three months after being out of action due to a left forearm injury, and came this far.
Considering Koo Chang-mo’s rehabilitation schedule so far, it is not easy for him to pitch as a starter in the Asian Games. The national team must decide whether to select Koo Chang-mo and have him pitch as a reliever, and in the end, next week’s first-team pitching is expected to be a showcase.