The beginning of this season for kt is another struggle.
Lee Kang-cheol, coach of the kt Wiz, is sighing again as the injured leave before the 2023 season. Even before the opening of the last season, the ‘genius hitter’ Kang Baek-ho’s departure caused difficulties in the early stages of operation, and the same is true this time.
Both the pitcher and fielder were injured before the start of this season. First, it was the departure of Sovereignty and Kim Min-soo. Kim Min-soo suffered damage to the supraspinatus tendon in his right shoulder, and Ju-kwon suffered an injury to his right forearm. It’s not to the point of requiring surgery, but I still need a break for about two months. 먹튀검증
Both pitchers are indispensable core bullpens for kt wiz. Kim Min-su played 76 games last season and set a career high record with 5 wins, 4 losses, 3 saves, and an average ERA of 1.90 with 30 holds. He was ranked second in the hold category behind LG Twins Jung Woo-young.
Sovereignty also appeared in 58 games last season and recorded an average ERA of 3.91 with 3 wins, 3 losses, 1 save and 15 holds. He was from the hold king in the 2020 season, and was selected as the Chinese national team for the recently held 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
At the end of the demonstration game after the two players left, the outfielder was injured. Bae Jeong-dae was hit by Lee Kun-wook in a match against SSG Landers on the 26th. At the time, a kt official said, “It’s not serious, but just in case, I’ll go to a nearby hospital and take an X-ray.”
However, the injuries to the squadron were serious. He was diagnosed with a fracture. He was diagnosed with a fracture near the pinky finger on the back of his left hand and should focus on recovering for 5 to 6 weeks.
The assigned table is the core of kt’s outfield. He didn’t stand out last season, batting .266 with 135 hits, 6 homers, 56 RBIs and 64 runs. However, he is an iron man who has played in pre-league matches for three consecutive years, and he is also a player who can expect a blow in clutch situations. That’s why he’s nicknamed ‘The Great Man’.
kt has to operate without Pil Seung-jo and Iron Man, who jointly held 45 holds at the beginning of the season.
Of course, director Lee Kang-cheol is not thinking of a plan B either. Park Se-jin, who has an average ERA of 0 in the demonstration game, as well as Jo Yi-hyun and Kim Young-hyun, will fill the place of Pil Seung-jo, who is missing Joo Kwon and Kim Min-soo. Closer Kim Jae-yoon, second-year junior Park Young-hyeon, and sidearm Lee Chae-ho are also always preparing. An outfielder of the same age, Kim Min-hyeok, is preparing for a vacant seat in the designated squad, and depending on the situation, rookie Jung Joon-young is also expected to receive a chance.
KT suffered from the evil spirit of injury not only at the beginning of last season but also throughout the season. Following Kang Baek-ho, injuries to William Cuevas and Henry Ramos at the beginning of the season, and Park Si-young’s outing, overlapped. In the second half of the season, Park Byeong-ho was also sick.
What kt needs is to persevere. Last season, kt endured and endured and went to fall baseball. This time, we have to hold on until the main players come back.