Doosan Bears right-handed starting pitcher Kwak Bin (24), who missed a single game at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games due to back pain, will take the mound against the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) on Wednesday at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.
“Today, Kwak-bin threw a 30-meter catch and there was no abnormality in his physical condition,” Doosan head coach Lee Seung-yeop said before the Bears’ game against the 2023 KBO League’s KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Tuesday, “so we will use him in the game on the 13th.”
“I had a few calls with Ryu Jung-il, the national team manager, about Kwak-bin’s physical condition, but he said that it wasn’t too bad during the Asian Games,” said Lee Seung-yeop. “Kwak-bin was ready to pitch during the tournament, but there were many good pitchers on the national team, and Ryu Jung-il was anxious, so he didn’t get a chance to pitch.”
Kwok Bin, who was expected to be the team’s ace, suffered from back pain before the first game of the Asian Games group stage against Hong Kong on Jan. 1. He missed all three group stage games, two Super League games and the final against Chinese Taipei due to the injury.
Kwak Bin is the only pitcher on the national team who hasn’t pitched a game. Some people argued that it was unfair for him to receive military service benefits for not playing a single game. Conscious of public opinion, Kwak-bin 카지노사이트킹 quietly returned to the team after the tournament, refraining from interviews and other external activities. “I understand that Kwak Bin feels sorry for his teammates,” said Lee Seung-yup, “but the whole team did a good job, so I hope he can leave his burdens behind in Hangzhou.”
Meanwhile, Lee said Kwak’s return to the starting lineup will push back the timetable for starter Raul Alcantara, who has been struggling of late.” Alcantara sprained his back against the Lotte Giants (on Sept. 7),” Lee said, “so he’s going to make one start for the rest of the regular season because he has a sprain.” Alcantara struggled against the LG Twins on April 1, giving up seven runs on 13 hits in 6⅓ innings, and against Lotte on April 7, giving up four runs on five hits in three innings.