Left-hander Choi Seung-yong (Doosan Bears), who has grown over the years, has faced an injury rock ahead of the 2024 season.
Choi Seung-yong is focusing on rehabilitation in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do, where the second-tier training ground is located, without participating in the second-tier spring camp while being diagnosed with a fracture due to fatigue in his left elbow.월카지노
After graduating from Moheung-Sorae High School, Choi Seung-yong, born in 2001, joined Doosan as the 20th pick in the second round of the 2021 Rookie Draft, drawing attention as a left-handed prospect who will lead the team in the future.
Choi Seung-yong recorded a 2.93 ERA in 18 ⅓ in 15 games in 2021, his first year as a ⅓, and played more innings in 48 games in 2022 with three wins and seven losses and five holds with a 5.30 ERA in 93 innings.
Choi’s growth was evident last year. Choi had better-than-expected results as he posted three wins, six losses, one save and an ERA of 3.97 in 111 innings in 34 games during the 2023 season.
At the Asia Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) 2023 held in Tokyo Dome, Japan, in November last year, he wore the national flag for the first time since his debut. He displayed his true worth by taking the mound in a close game or a lead situation. He pitched three ⅔ of three games, two hits, three outs, five strikeouts and one run.
Choi, who played for his team and the national team, was also recognized for his value in salary negotiations this winter. He signed his contract at 102 million won, up 42 million won from 60 million won last season.
Having raised expectations to the fullest, Choi was originally scheduled to start the 2024 season as a fourth starting pitcher, following Raul Alcantara, Brandon Waddell, and Kwakbin. However, he will not be able to play in the actual game for the time being due to a broken fatigue.
As the plan has been twisted even before the spring camp, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop is disappointed. Coach Lee, who met with reporters at the Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia, the venue of the first spring camp on the 9th, said, “I think Choi Seung-yong will undergo a re-examination around the 20th, but even if he is diagnosed to be okay then and prepares for the season, it is actually not easy to come in in time for the regular season opener.”
Doosan, which has to start the season without Choi Seung-yong, needs Plan B. Several pitchers are fiercely competing for the two starting positions. “I’m not sure because I’m not playing with other teams, but I’m going to come up with another alternative,” Lee said. “The pitchers are in very good condition right now,” he hinted. “Since all the players have prepared well, I think we should decide on the starting pitchers for four to five among them after watching the exhibition games.”
Lee mentioned the names of young pitchers such as Choi Joon-ho, Kim Yoo-sung, and Park Shin-ji, as well as Choi Won-joon, Lee Young-ha, and Kim Min-kyu, who have experience in starting. However, he said, “Since (Choi) Won-joon is in good condition, I think this season will be a season to make up for last year’s slump,” adding, “Lee Young-ha is very good, and he has a desire to be selected. Based on his ability to show off exhibition games, he will likely evaluate the players who will start the fourth and fifth starters.”
The head coach explained that all the pitchers on the candidate list will prepare for the season as starters. “It’s hard to prepare for the game with a bullpen session, but on the other hand, it’s not too much to go to the bullpen session after preparing for the game,” said Lee Seung-yeop.