“I’ve been preparing all along.”
The Kiwoom Heroes, coached by Hong Won-ki, are without both their main bats and pitchers. Ace Ahn Woo-jin is also going under the knife following the injury to Lee Jung-hoo.
Ahn visited Cheongdam Lion Orthopedic Surgery on the first of the month to treat his right elbow pain caused by accumulated fatigue.바카라 During the pre-treatment ultrasound, a ligament damage was suspected, and he immediately underwent a detailed examination, including MRI and CT scans, as a result of which he was diagnosed with a damaged medial collateral ligament.
Kiwoom Joo Seung-woo. Photo by Kim Jae-hyun
Kium Joo Seung-woo. Photo by Kim Jae-hyun
“Considering that no special abnormalities were found until a month ago when I went to the hospital for a checkup, the specialist explained that the area had deteriorated acutely,” said a representative of Kiwoom.
Ahn Woo-jin is Kiwoom’s absolute ace. After developing into one of the league’s leading starters last season with 15 wins and 224 strikeouts in 196 innings, Ahn has been solid on the mound this season as the team’s ace, posting a 9-7 record with a 2.39 ERA in 24 appearances.
Speaking before the game against the NC Dinos at Changwon NC Park on Friday, Kiwoom manager Hong Won-ki said, “The date of the surgery has not been set yet. We’ve only heard that he needs to have surgery, but we haven’t heard anything more yet.”
According to the original rotation, Ahn should take the mound tomorrow (June 6). However, since he won’t be able to take the mound, someone will have to fill the void.
Hong Won-ki thought of second-year right-hander Joo Seung-woo. Joo joined the Kiwoom in 2022 with the first overall pick after graduating from Seoul High and Sungkyunkwan University. He went 4-0 with a 10.80 ERA last season and has an 11.57 ERA after six games this season.
Kiwoom’s Joo Seung-woo. Photo by Kim Jae-hyun
All of his appearances this season have been out of the bullpen, with his last start coming on September 7 against the Samsung Lions. In that game, Joo threw two innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts and two walks. It was his first and last start.
Manager Hong Won-ki said, “Tomorrow, Joo Seung-woo will get his chance. He showed promise last year. We’ve been preparing him for the start,” Hong said.
“As I always say, the number one requirement for a starting pitcher is fastball power. “Joo Seung-woo is showing promise, but he needs to improve his delivery to quickly adapt to the first team stage,” he said.
NC manager Kang Myung-ho announced Shin Min-hyuk as the starter on the 6th and Tenor as the starter on the 7th.