Asian Games international LG Jung Woo-young has been dropped from the first team. He has been struggling with a 5.87 ERA in his last 10 games, which the club explained as a result of poor form.
안전놀이터 On the afternoon of the 14th, a total of nine players from six clubs were dropped from the first team roster. LG’s Jung Woo-young, Kiwoom’s Kim Dong-gyu, Kia’s Kim Kyu-sung, NC’s Park Se-hyuk, Choi Min-seok, Samsung’s Lee Seung-hyun and Doosan’s Kim Min-hyuk were sent down to the Futures team.
Jung Woo-young has struggled in his last 10 games, including back-to-back shutouts, giving up seven runs on 14 hits and five walks in 7⅔ innings. He also had three balls hit in the body. Neither his command nor his pitches are worthy of the title of national team member. LG decided to remove Jung from the first team and give him time to rebuild.
At the same time, LG has rookie Park Myung-geun on the verge of returning to the first team. LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said that he would put Park on the first team roster as early as Tuesday, the 15th. “No one knows who will be sent down,” he said, and Jung Woo-young ended up being the target.
Kim Dong-kyu, pitcher for the Kiwoom Heroes. ⓒKiwoom Heroes
Kiwoom pitcher Kim Dong-kyu started against Jamsil LG on the 13th, but was removed from the mound after giving up five runs in just two innings. It was a gruelling schedule for Kim, who had to face his hometown team, LG, who finished the regular season at the top of the standings thanks to a dominant batting lineup, in his first start, and he was unable to make a case for staying in the first team without results. Kiwoom also removed infielder Kim Soo-hwan from the first team.
NC catcher Park Se-hyuk was substituted on the 13th due to a sore left wrist against Suwon KT. After a medical examination on the 14th, he was diagnosed with left wrist tendonitis. He will join the rehabilitation group from the 15th. In addition to Park, the NC also cancelled pitcher Cho Min-seok and infielder Choi Bo-sung.
Samsung sent down left-hander Lee Seung-hyun. Lee had a 6.43 ERA in his last 10 games. Samsung manager Park Jin-man said on the 13th, “I don’t think he’s in good shape right now. The difference between balls and strikes is too much. I think we need to make some changes, and we should have a discussion after the game,” leaving the door open for the decision to remove Lee from the first team on the 14th.
Doosan also released infielder Kim Min-hyuk, who went 1-for-7 with a walk and a hit in four games in August, to rearrange the roster.