SSG’s lightning strike → foreign pitcher Kim Gwang-hyun also shoulder injury → early competition emergency
At the beginning of the season, an emergency was caught in the SSG Landers starting rotation. Kim “KK” Gwang-hyeon will be out of the team for at least 10 days.
On the 8th, Kim Gwang-hyun started against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon. However, he was sluggish with 5 runs (5 earned), 8 hits (1 home run), 4 walks and 1 strikeout in 3 innings. The team won a come-from-behind victory and became a no-decision, but in the opening game, it was the opposite of Kim Gwang-hyun.안전놀이터
There was a problem with Kim Gwang-hyun’s physical condition. Kim Gwang-hyun was canceled from the first team entry on the 11th. An SSG official said, “Kim Gwang-hyun felt uncomfortable in his left shoulder after the Hanwha match. On the 10th, he had a test in Daegu.”
Ahead of this season, SSG planned to send Kim Gwang-hyeon, Kirk McCarty, and Annie Romero to the 1st and 3rd starters, and put two of Moon Seung-won, Park Jong-hoon, and Oh Won-seok in the 4th and 5th starters. However, a change in the SSG starting rotation is inevitable at the beginning of the season.
Romero suffered shoulder pain while pitching in a practice game against the Samsung Lions at spring camp in Okinawa, Japan in February. He returned to Korea a day early and is recovering, but the timing of his return is still unclear.
Head coach Kim Won-hyeong said of Romero ahead of the Incheon KIA Tigers match on the 1st, “I am still receiving treatment. I can’t wait. ) I think I have to judge.”
Following Romero, even Kim Gwang-hyun will temporarily deviate from the starting rotation. Fortunately, it was not a major injury. After 10 days, you can come up to the 1st team.
Kim Gwang-hyun’s vacancy is expected to be filled by ‘rookie’ Song Young-jin. Song Young-jin was nominated by SSG with the 15th overall pick in the second round of the 2023 draft. I have experience in starting 2 matches in the demonstration game. He gave up 1 run (1 earned) in 2 games, 4 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts with an earned run average of 2.25.
SSG has to operate the starting rotation without ace Kim Gwang-hyun and foreign pitcher Romero at the beginning of the season. Fortunately, Kim Gwang-hyun is returning after a short break. Kirk McCarty and local starters Moon Seung-won, Park Jong-hoon, Oh Won-seok and Song Young-jin are important in competing for rankings at the beginning of the season.