LG Twins starter Yoon-sik “Young Gun” Kim (23) will replace Adam Plutko (31), who left the team with a left pelvic contusion.
“Kim Yun-sik is our key player for the time being,” manager Yoon Kyung-yeop (53) said before the game against the KBO’s Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, was canceled due to rain, adding, “He is the ‘No. 1’ player in case of a change in the starting lineup.”
Plutko left the game against the NC Dinos on April 26 after throwing just four innings due to discomfort in his inner thigh adductor muscle.
A medical examination later revealed a left pelvic contusion.
LG expects Plutko to be out for four to five weeks.
Yeom had been preparing for the departure of the existing starters.
“Kim Yun-sik, Lee Min-ho, and Son Joo-young are ready to come up to the first team at any time from the Futures (second team) team,” he said. “The number one replacement is Kim Yun-sik. If Kim Yoon-sik holds up well, we can play the rest of the season relatively comfortably. If he falters, we will give other players a chance.”
The KBO is scheduling a doubleheader on September 9, so the team will need a backup for Kim Yoon-sik.
“Son Joo-young will start one of the doubleheaders against the KIA Tigers on Sept. 9,” Yeom revealed.
Kim started the 2023 season as the fourth starter, but struggled with a 3-4 record and a 5.29 ERA and was demoted to the second team on June 9.
Initially, Yeom planned to call up Kim to the first team in mid-August, but changed his plans after acquiring starting pitcher Choi Won-tae on July 29.
Kim Yun-sik continued to start for the second team, preparing for the “what if” scenario.
When Plutko was sidelined with an injury, Yeom was the first to pull out Kim’s card.
Kim emerged as LG’s next left-handed ace in the second half of last year, going 5-2 with a 2.68 ERA.
After struggling in the first half of this year, the second half has given Kim a chance to shine again.
Kim will make his first start in about three months on September 3 against the Hanwha Eagles.
LG is in first place as of the 30th. They lead the league in team batting average (0.282) and ERA (3.70). However, the starting pitching staff has slipped to sixth place with a 4.10 ERA.
“There are cycles in the offense,” Yoon said. We need ‘starting baseball’ to run a stable season,” he said, adding, “I hope Kim Yoon-sik, who has prepared well for a long time, will take advantage of the opportunity.” 안전카지노사이트