The air flow changed in one day. The possibility of Kirk McCarty joining the semi-playoff series entry as a bullpen member has increased.
SSG Landers will face NC Dinos in the first game of the semi-playoff series at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 22nd. SSG began group training in preparation for the semi-playoffs on the 19th, and will conduct afternoon training until the 21st. Now that the opposing team has been decided, all that remains is to focus on analyzing NC’s strength and prepare.
Coach Won-Hyung Kim has somewhat finished planning a semi-playoff entry, but there is one surprise card left. It’s McCarty. McCarty was injured while pitching on September 23rd, and ended the regular season with damage to his inner oblique muscle. Initially, McCarty thought it would be difficult to pitch in the semi-playoffs. This is because the pain lasted longer than expected, and it takes time to build up a body that can throw a ball again. Whenever McCarty’s injury status continued to be checked, club officials also expressed concern, saying, “We have to make the semi-playoffs really quickly, and if that’s not possible, we’ll have to get to the playoffs.”
When watching the first training session on the 19th, manager Won-Hyung Kim said, “It won’t be easy for McCarty. Even if he throws, he has to throw it to the bullpen, but I think it will be difficult right now. If he pitches once in the second-team practice game and then advances to the playoffs, “I think it would be better to give him a starting role with a more perfect body,” he predicted.
But the atmosphere changed overnight. First of all, McCarty is in good physical condition. He also has a strong will to play in the playoffs given by the player himself. McCarty, who began a pitching program, went to the hospital early on the morning of the 20th and received another physical examination. A specialist confirmed that his injured area was now fully recovered.
Now, the next thing is the practical sense. McCarty performed an unscheduled live pitching on the 20th. We mainly checked pitchers who lacked practical sense, such as Oh Won-seok and Moon Seung-won, and McCarty also went up to the mound at Landers Field and threw 15 pitches that day. Fortunately, no special abnormalities were discovered until immediately after pitching. If there are no problems by the morning of the 21st, the day after pitching, McCarty’s entry is likely. Entries must be submitted by 2pm on the 21st.메이저놀이터
If McCarty is in normal condition and serves as a bullpen, it will be of great help to SSG. NC has a lineup full of top left-handed hitters in the league, including Son Ah-seop, Park Min-woo, and Martin, but SSG has only one solid left-handed bullpen player, Ko Hyo-jun. Four players are being considered as starters, including Roenis Elias, Gwang-hyun Kim, Seung-won Moon, and Won-seok Oh, so if McCarty steps up to the bullpen, the mound plan will become more solid.
Of course, complete sensory recovery comes first. Also, as he is appearing in the bullpen for the first time in a long time, the occurrence of variables cannot be ignored. How will McCarty’s quick recovery change the direction of the series? The final conclusion will be made on the morning of the 21st.