Why Koo Chang-mo showed up at LG Jamsil Stadium…NC catches up with ‘Hae Taeyang Dynasty’ with miraculous ‘PS 9 win streak’ in Suwon
The last day of October. NC pitcher Koo Chang-mo was at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul around 5pm on the 31st.
At the same time, NC was facing KT in the second round of the playoffs at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. Why was Koo at Jamsil Stadium instead of Suwon?
He was wearing a thick cast on his left arm. On 27 September, he pitched against the Changwon KIA and was removed from the game due to left arm pain. 온라인카지노 He went straight to the hospital for an X-ray and CT scan, which revealed a fractured ulna in his left forearm.
Due to the holiday season, he was re-examined at several hospitals in early October and was told that he needed surgical treatment. She then underwent surgery. His left arm is a recurring injury.
In July 2020, when he was one of the best homegrown aces in the league, Koo suffered a fatigue fracture of the ulna in his left forearm. After two months of rehabilitation, he returned later in the season to help NC win its first ever integrated title. However, before the 2021 season, the stress fracture recurred and he missed the entire season. Last year, he went 11-5 with a 2.10 ERA in 19 games and 111⅔ innings pitched.
After competing in the World Baseball Classic in March, Koo re-injured his ulna again this season and was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the same area in June. He rushed back to the first team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, but the national team left him out of the final roster due to injury concerns. The injury reoccurred and he underwent surgery.
He was left off the postseason roster and has been rehabbing. However, he will be joining the Sangmu Baseball Team in December. LG played a practice game with the team at 6 p.m. in Jamsil Stadium ahead of the Korean Series.
“I came to Seoul for a check-up on my (surgically repaired) left arm, and I heard that the team was playing a practice game at the nearby Jamsil Stadium, so I stopped by to say hello to the manager,” said Koo Chang-mo. “I’ll wear the cast until November, and then I’ll take it off when I enlist,” he explained, showing his left arm.
When asked, “Shouldn’t we go to Suwon instead of Jamsil Stadium,” Koo laughed and said, “Even if I wanted to go, I can’t because I don’t have a ticket.
NC is in the postseason for the first time in three years after winning the Korean Series in 2020, but Koo is not with them due to injury. “I watched the game yesterday, and I’m happy that our players are so good,” Koo said, but at the same time, “it’s a shame that I can’t play with them.”
NC slipped to fourth place at the end of the regular season after fighting for second place. Starting with the wildcard decider, they swept fifth-placed Dusan in the first round of the Waka to advance to the semi-playoffs.
In the semi-finals, they swept SSG in three straight games without their ace Pedi pitching a single game to advance to the playoffs. NC won the first game of the playoffs on the 30th in a dominant fashion, with Pedi throwing a 6 inning, 12 strikeout, 1 run complete game. In Game 2 on the 31st, Shin Min-hyuk pitched another no-hitter to repeat his performance in Game 1 of the semi-finals, and shortstop Kim Joo-won made a super diving catch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead to secure the win.
It extended their winning streak to nine games from Game 4 of the 2020 Korean Series to Game 2 of this year’s playoffs. It ties the longest postseason winning streak ever recorded by HaeTae in 1987-1988. The team now needs one win in Games 3-5 to advance to the Korean Series for the first time in three years.