Koo Chang-mo, a key left-hander at the Hangzhou Asian Games, made his comeback in the Futures League.
Koo Chang-mo started the away game against KT Wiz in the Futures League held at Iksan Stadium in Jeollabuk-do on the 19th and pitched 2 innings, allowing 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, and no runs.안전놀이터
Koo Chang-mo, who faced 7 batters, recorded 27 pitches and used 20 fastballs, 5 sliders, and 2 forks.
The fastball reached a maximum speed of 145 km/h, and the slider reached a maximum speed of 135 km/h.
It has been 109 days since Koo Chang-mo’s actual appearance on the mound against the LG Twins in Jamsil on June 2nd. At that time, Koo Chang-mo felt pain in his arm and threw 5 balls and voluntarily threw 5 balls. As a result of a hospital examination, he was diagnosed with muscle damage in his left forearm (between the elbow and wrist). Afterwards, a re-examination revealed a stress fracture in his left arm.
Accordingly, Koo Chang-mo took a break and checked his condition through actual pitching, starting with catch balls last month, bullpen pitching, and live pitching.
On the same day, Koo Chang-mo said through the NC club, “It’s been a while since I pitched in an official game, and I felt good overall. I’m glad I finished the given inning cleanly without worrying about my physical condition.”
He then evaluated his pitching, saying, “The fastball was okay, and although I didn’t throw it much, I was also satisfied with the breaking ball. I was nervous on the mound, but I finished well with a good lead from catcher Shin Yong-seok.”
In particular, on this day, national team coach Ryu Joong-il and power strengthening committee chairman Jo Gye-hyun visited the Iksan Stadium in person and watched Koo Chang-mo’s pitching on site.
The Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team will hold its first convocation training at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 23rd. Then, on October 1st, they will face Hong Kong in their long-awaited first match.
Meanwhile, the KBO Strengthening Committee plans to confirm replacement players and finalize the national team roster within this week.