After 109 days on the disabled list, NC’s Koo Chang-mo will go straight to the first team. Regardless of whether he is called up to the national team, he plans to pitch at least one game this week as a middle reliever for the first team.
NC manager Kang Myung-ho said of Koo Chang-mo, who pitched in a Futures League game on the 19th against Doosan in Jamsil, “First of all, he threw 27 pitches in two innings. There seems to be no problem after throwing. I’ll decide after today’s game, but I’m thinking of calling him up tomorrow.”먹튀검증
Earlier in the day, Koo pitched two innings of one-hit ball with zero walks and two strikeouts in a Futures League game against KT in Iksan. According to Kang, he had a fastball top speed of 146 kilometers per hour and an average speed of 144 kilometers per hour. “I threw today, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to pitch tomorrow. I’ll check his physical condition tomorrow and consider him for a doubleheader. I will use him as an intermediate pitcher.”
NC manager Kang Myung-hwa stares at the ground during the 2023 baseball game between the SSG Landers and the NC Dinos at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Aug. 24.’
Koo Chang-mo has been included in the roster of the Korean National Team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which convenes on Aug. 23. However, coach Ryu Jung-il and the National Strength and Conditioning Committee are keeping a close eye on the pitcher’s condition as it has been 109 days since he last pitched on June 2 against LG Electronics in Jamsil. If Koo makes the team on call-up day as planned, there are only a handful of games left for NC to use him in the first team.
In the postseason after the Asian Games, Koo is more likely to start than pitch in the middle. “I think he will start in the postseason,” Kang said. “Even if I don’t throw 100 pitches, 80 pitches will be enough to get me into the starting lineup. If I have 80 pitches, I will start in the postseason.”
Koo has started nine games this season, going 1-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 47 innings pitched. Koo Chang-mo’s performance in his first start after his injury is expected to have a significant impact on both the national team and the NC mound.
On the other hand, NC’s lineup was Son Asub (designated hitter), Park Min-woo (second baseman), Park Gun-woo (right fielder), Martin (center fielder), Kwon Hee-dong (left fielder), Seo Ho-cheol (third baseman), Yoon Hyung-joon (first baseman), Kim Hyung-joon (catcher), and Kim Ju-won (shortstop). The starting pitcher is Ace Peddie.