The Bears have a long road ahead of them, and now they have injuries.
The Doosan Bears have removed pitchers Park Chi-guk and Kim Jung-woo from their first-team roster ahead of their game against the SSG Landers at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Wednesday.
Park has been a key part of Doosan’s bullpen this season, posting a 5-2 record with two saves and a 3.22 ERA in 11 appearances in 58 games. In his first three games in September, he pitched 2⅔ innings without allowing an earned run.
On October 10, he pitched one inning of one-hit, one-strikeout ball against the Samsung Lions, but was eventually removed from the first team roster due to an illness.
For Doosan, it was a major setback. Doosan is in sixth place with 60 wins, 1 loss and 57 ties. They are two games behind fifth-place SSG (62 W, 2 T, 55 L). On the 15th, the team will play a three-game series in Gwangju against the fourth-place KIA Tigers (60W-2D-53L). For Doosan, this means that one of its best bullpen cards will not be available at the most crucial time in the standings battle.
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “I think it will be 10 days. “I felt a little bit bad after Samsung on the 10th. I was taking a break, but I woke up today and didn’t feel good, so I went to the hospital and the results were not good, so it will take time. I received a report that if there is no pain after three or four days, I can play catch.”
For the head coach, the worry was palpable. “Park Chi-kook-i was so important,” Lee said. If he’s not there, we’ll lose,” Lee said.
At the same time, he wanted the remaining pitchers to perform well. Lee said, “(Kim) Kang-ryu has a good pitching ratio and (Choi) Ji-gang-i pitched well to win the game. We have to play with the players we have. I can’t help it.”
Park joined Doosan as a developmental player in 2013 and made his first first-team appearance in 2015, appearing in eight games and 22 games in 2020 and 2021, respectively. His career record is 1-6 with a 5.83 ERA in 33 games.
He started in the Futures League on March 27 after undergoing elbow surgery and looked good in three games with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings. His fastball has been up to 147 miles per hour.
Baek Seung-woo joined the Doosan organization in the seventh round (69th overall) of the 2023 First-Year Player Draft and emerged as a promising prospect after pitching two scoreless innings in two exhibition games.토토사이트
He was promoted to the first team in early June and appeared in six games, pitching four innings of three-hit ball with three walks and one strikeout before being removed from the roster at the end of June.
In the Futures League, he went 2-3 with a 6.89 ERA in 35 games with one save and five holds.
Lee said, “Seung-woo Baek was originally called up in May with high expectations, but his pace didn’t pick up as much as I thought it would. He’s the best pitcher in the second team right now. Also, Park So-joon pitched three games after his elbow surgery, and his performance was good. However, he hasn’t pitched in the first team for more than a year, so we’re going to use him in a relaxed state rather than using him in an important situation from the beginning.”
Meanwhile, Doosan and SSG announced Choi Seung-yong and Elias as the starting pitchers for the 14th after the 13th game was canceled due to rain.