“There is no alternative” 10-day break → 3-inning quick hook, 130-win pitcher insurance impossible… Bench’s dilemma

Kim Dong-ju (21), who appeared like a comet at the beginning of the season and took charge of the starting lineup for the Doosan Bears.스포츠토토

Concerns are becoming reality. First full season, I’m getting tired little by little.

A situation that requires management. But the team situation is the worst. Hyung-guk who can’t do this or that. Bench’s worries are growing like a snowball.

Kim Dong-joo has been repeating hot and cold baths in the last one game, which was good, and the next one was bad.

On the 24th of last month ahead of the Jamsil Samsung match, Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop mentioned Kim Dong-joo’s physical decline and explained, “Depending on the result, we can adjust it for about one turn.” The alternative was Jang Won-joon, a veteran who won a total of 130 wins in 1844 days against Samsung on the 23rd the day before.

Jang Won-joon, who was called up that day, had no games scheduled to start right away, but he remained in the entry while waiting for the results of Kim Dong-joo’s game.

However, Kim Dong-joo seemed to dispel the bench’s concerns with a brilliant pitching of 5 scoreless innings against Samsung on the 25th. Jang Won-jun, who was on standby, was also canceled immediately after the match.

Afterwards, as the game was delayed due to heavy rain, Kim Dong-joo climbed the mound against Suwon KT on the 3rd, 10 days later.

Even though he was well rested, the results were worrisome. 3 starting innings, including a home run, 8 hits and 5 runs. It was the least innings this season, the most hits, and the most runs. To make matters worse, he was hit in the left shin area by Hwang Jae-gyun’s assault batted ball in the second inning. He continued to throw with taping on, and fortunately it wasn’t a big injury, but I’m concerned about the aftereffects of bruises because it’s my foot when pitching.

The match between Doosan and KT was held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 3rd. In the bottom of the second inning, Kim Dong-joo is in pain after being hit by Hwang Jae-gyun, who is safely on first base. Hwang Jae-gyun is comforting Kim Dong-ju’s shoulder and apologizing. Suwon = Reporter Jeong Jae-geun cjg@sportschosun.com/2023.6.3/

The match between Doosan and KT was held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 3rd. In the bottom of the second inning, Kim Dong-joo was hit by Hwang Jae-kyun, who was safely on first base. Director Lee Seung-yeop is watching with a worried expression. Suwon = Reporter Jeong Jae-geun cjg@sportschosun.com/2023.6.3/
Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “In fact, I think I’m a little tired. I think I’m physically tired even though I threw a lot of rest. So my arm comes down, and when I throw a slider, it comes down more. I felt like I had lost,” he said.

Director Lee said, “Actually, if we can afford it, we should skip it and make it comfortable so that we can control our condition, but since that situation is not possible…” and said, “There is no other alternative,” he was frustrated.

In Doosan, three key starters, including Dylan Pyle, Kwak Bin, and Choi Won-joon, have left due to injuries and sluggish performance. Kwak Bin is scheduled to return against Jamsil KIA on the 11th, but Dylan and Choi Won-joon need a little more time. Left-hander Young Gun Choi Seung-yong, who played a big role with Kim Dong-ju at the beginning of the season, also looks a bit tired.

Jang Won-joon, the all-round starting pitcher, was used to fill the void left by Choi Won-joon. On the 6th, he will make his second start of the season against Hanwha. No more insurance cards.

A frustrating situation with no alternative. For now, the only thing left to do is hope that Kim Dong-ju will overcome it on his own.

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