After ‘summer break’, LG Super Rookie stays on top of its game in the second half

LG Twins rookie sidearm Myung-geun Park is taking a longer-than-expected summer break. Although there are no major injuries, the coaching staff believes he needs a long break to prepare for the second half of the season.메이저사이트

Prior to the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Lotte Giants at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 8th, LG removed Park from the first team roster and registered left-hander Cho Won-tae.

Park’s removal from the roster was expected. LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop announced his intention to give Park a break until the All-Star break shortly after the rain cancellation against Lotte the previous day.

Park had been one of LG’s biggest hits in the first half of the season. When he joined LG as the 27th overall pick in the third round of last year’s rookie draft, he was a sidearm fireballer with a lot of potential, but in his first year, he went from being an “instant powerhouse” to a “must-have” in the bullpen.Park went 4-4 with five saves and a 3.25 ERA in 36 innings pitched in 36 games. While LG lost closer Ko Woo-seok to injury twice, and the rest of its pitching staff, including Jung Woo-young and Lee Jung-yong, struggled, Park’s stellar pitching contributed to the team’s lead.

However, we won’t be seeing Park on the mound for the foreseeable future. Manager Yoon Kyung-yeop has kept Park out of his plans for the final three games of the first half against the Hanwha Eagles from 11-13 November, as well as the first three games of the second half against the second-place SSG Landers. He also announced that he will exclude Park Myung-geun from his manager’s recommendation for the All-Star Game on the 15th.

Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “I think Park Myung-geun needs to take a long break. Even if he doesn’t take the whole month of July off, I’m going to give him about a week more after the start of the second half.” “It’s important for him to go with us to the end of the season. He’s had some pain in his elbow since his high school days, so we don’t want to create a situation where he needs surgery.”For LG, which is aiming for the top of the standings, it’s important to collect as many wins as possible at the end of the first half, but Yong Kyung-yeop is more focused on Park’s management for now.

LG had a de facto “bullpen day” against Lotte on the 9th, as starter Lee Jung-yong’s pitch limit was set at 70 pitches. With Lee struggling with six runs in three innings, the presence of Park could have made a big difference on the mound, but the LG coaching staff looked a little further ahead. As soon as Park was removed from the roster, they sent him up to Seoul to rest.

In the second half of the season, with the return of Yoo Young-chan and Baek Seung-hyun, who are currently sidelined with injuries, the bullpen will be able to take some of the pressure off Park.

“The most important thing is to maintain his current condition,” said Yeom Kyung-yeop, who hasn’t had a medical examination yet, “but the club has all the medical data from when he joined the club. It is the role of the coaching staff to ensure that the player can play for a long time without surgery.”