Is it finally coming back? Koo Chang-mo (26, NC Dinos) started his comeback by participating in his first live pitching after injury.
Koo Chang-mo held a live pitching event at Masan Stadium on the 13th. 메이저놀이터 He threw a total of 30 pitches, including four-seam fastballs (17 pitches), forkballs (6 pitches), sliders (5 pitches), and curveballs (2 pitches), and his highest velocity was 140 km/h.
Koo Chang-mo started against the LG Twins in Jamsil on June 2 and left the mound after facing only one batter. After a subsequent hospital examination, he was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the ulna in his left arm. He was told at the time that he needed three weeks of rest, but he never quite recovered. Before he knew it, three months had passed since he left the mound.
Koo Chang-mo’s departure is shocking news not only to his team NC, but also to the national team ahead of the international competition at the end of this month. The national team for the ‘2022 Hangzhou Asian Games (held in 2023)’ will begin its first training immediately after convening on the 23rd. Since Koo Chang-mo has been named to the national team roster, he must quickly improve his physical condition with less than 10 days left.
The good news is that he adjusted his condition by pitching live that day. If Koo Chang-mo, who has already proven his teamwork and game management ability, can come back healthy, a situation can be created in which both NC coach Kang In-kwon and Asian Games national team coach Ryu Joong-il can smile.
Coach Kang met with reporters ahead of the KT Wiz match in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Changwon NC Park on the 13th and talked about Koo Chang-mo, who was pitching live that day.
The head coach said, “Today (13th) Koo Chang-mo pitched two sets of 15 pitches live. I don’t think the current speed should be of much significance. It’s about 140km,” and “This Saturday (16th) Futures League (Masan Sangmu) “I will pitch within 30 pitches per inning. If there is no discomfort or abnormality in that game, I will join the first team next week and start as a bullpen pitcher,” he explained.
Director Kang talked with Gu Chang-mo and exchanged opinions. “I talked to him after he pitched, and he said, ‘I’m in good condition. There’s no major discomfort.’ It’s true that I’m worried because he seems to be coming back quickly, but the player is motivated and said, ‘I’m fine,’ so I’ll watch him during the game. “He answered.
Meanwhile, Koo Chang-mo said through the club after the live pitching, “It’s been my first live pitching since my injury, so it’s been a while since I stepped on the mound. There were no major problems with my arm, and I felt good overall. It was a time to check the change ball, set position, etc. The velocity is also gradually increasing. “I have confidence that our team will improve as we play in the future,” he said.
He continued, “I don’t think the Asian Games are something I can decide, so I want to do everything I can in the given position. I want to prepare well until the end and repay the team for the long absence. I will take good care of myself so as not to disappoint those who trusted and waited for me. “I will play baseball with confidence,” he said.