Koo Chang-mo (NC), the ‘13.2 billion left-hander’ who had a successful rehabilitation appearance in the Futures League, will focus on preparing for the Asian Games for three days on the first team stage.
NC coach Kang In-kwon met with reporters ahead of the 13th game of the season against Doosan in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 19th and said, “We plan to register Koo Chang-mo as a first-team entry on the 20th.” 스포츠토토
Koo Chang-mo started the away game against KT Wiz in the 2023 Futures League held at Iksan Stadium on this day and pitched well in two innings, allowing one hit, no walks, two strikeouts, and no runs. The number of pitches he pitched was 27, and his highest fastball velocity was 146 km/h, with an average speed of 144 km/h. Even after his appearance on the mound, his arm remained in normal condition and he received a passing grade in his first appearance after rehabilitation.
Coach Kang said, “After I threw it, I received a report that there was no problem. “He said there was no discomfort,” he said. “I’m going to call up tomorrow (20th) to watch training and check my physical condition.” “If possible, I will try to have them fight,” he said of his plan.
Koo Chang-mo is scheduled to be called up for the first time as a member of the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which will be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 23rd. After being called up on the 20th, he has to cram for three days to get his body ready for the Asian Games.
Manager Kang said, “Goo Chang-mo’s position is in the bullpen. He cannot pitch as a starter due to the lack of pitches yet. “Because he pitched today, it won’t be easy to pitch tomorrow,” he said. “We plan to use him as a bullpen and change his position based on the number of pitches. “If he can throw about 80 pitches, he can be selected,” he said.
Koo Chang-mo, who was in the first year of a 6+1 year multi-year contract worth up to 13.2 billion won, started against LG in Jamsil on June 2 and threw 5 balls before voluntarily giving up the game.
His reason was injury. After two detailed examinations, he was diagnosed with micro-damage to the flexor muscles between the elbow and wrist, and was advised to undergo three weeks of rehabilitation. Gu Chang-mo then went to Japan’s Iijima Osteopathic Clinic, known as the mecca of rehabilitation, and received treatment for two weeks, but his condition worsened due to a stress fracture at the end of June.
Fortunately, Gu Chang-mo regained his healthy appearance after three months of long-term rehabilitation. He dramatically achieved his first actual pitching, four days before being selected to represent the Asian Games national team.
Koo Chang-mo is scheduled to play for the first team for three days after being called up on the 20th and then join the national team on the 23rd. The best scenario that NC and Ryu Joong-il hoped for has become a reality.
Meanwhile, the NC team that meets Doosan starter Jang Won-jun is Son Ah-seop (designated hitter), Park Min-woo (second baseman), Park Geon-woo (right fielder), Jason Martin (center fielder), Kwon Hee-dong (left fielder), Seo Ho-cheol (third baseman), Yoon Hyeong-jun (first baseman)- The starting lineup consisted of Kim Hyeong-jun (catcher) and Kim Joo-won (shortstop). The starting pitcher is Eric Peddy.
Coach Kang announced the starting rotation this week, following Peddie, with Tanner Turley, Shin Min-hyuk, Choi Seong-young, and Lee Jae-hak. Regarding the selection for the game on the 24th, he said, “As usual, Peddie should step up, but since there is a game against KIA next week, I will decide based on this week’s performance.”