“The doubleheader is complicating my head,” sighs Hong Won-ki, who is also injured in the doubleheader.
Kiwoom Heroes head coach Hong Won-ki is worried ahead of the doubleheader.
“I don’t think Ariel Furado will be able to play tomorrow,” Hong said in an interview before the game against the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on April 8.토토사이트
Kiwoom is currently facing an emergency in its starting rotation. Ace Ahn Woo-jin is set to undergo Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction) and Chung Chan-heon will also have back surgery. In addition, foreign pitcher Ian McKinney has been diagnosed with a shoulder injury and will need four weeks to recover. With three starters out of the lineup, the team needed to rest until the end of the week, but the doubleheader was unfortunately scheduled.
Manager Hong Won-ki, who has to play a doubleheader on the 9th with a string of starters injured, said, “Hurado felt something wrong with his elbow while training in Changwon. I don’t think it’s a big problem, but he’ll have to take a break from pitching at least once. Originally, I was going to pitch the first game of the doubleheader tomorrow, but it will be very difficult to manage the pitching staff,” said Hong.
“At this point, I think I’ll have to take a bullpen day until Sunday,” said Hong Won-ki. “The starter for the first game tomorrow is Kim Dong-hyuk. I’m hoping he can keep them at bay for up to three innings. I’m going to make a decision on the starting pitcher for Game 2 based on today’s game and the situation in Game 1 tomorrow.” “I have a lot on my mind. It’s a doubleheader, so we’ll see what happens,” he sighed.
Along with McKinney, Kiwoom also removed Byung-wook Lim from the first team roster. Lim felt something wrong with his hamstring and was diagnosed with a partial left quadriceps injury, which will require four weeks of rehabilitation.
Choi Won-ho also expressed his disappointment ahead of the doubleheader, saying that the schedule is “tighter than the pennant race schedule.” “In this case, it would be better to play on Monday when the weekend games are canceled until the heat wave. We have a doubleheader tomorrow and another doubleheader next Sunday,” he said, expressing his disappointment with the remaining schedule.
Hanwha has announced Kim Ki-jung as the starter for game one and Nam Ji-min as the starter for game two of the doubleheader on April 9. Choi Won-ho said, “Kiwoom has a lot of left-handed hitters. So we decided to start Kim Ki-joong, who has a slight advantage, in the first game,” Choi said, explaining his decision.