’11 wins in the first half to 0 in the second half’ Outside pitcher finally pitches out of the bullpen…Yoon’s final warning message: “Make your start on Oct. 2”
Finally, a bullpen pitching session.
LG pitcher Plutko has completed his rehabilitation and is ready to make a full comeback. Manager Yoon Kyung-yup informed Plutko to prepare for his start against KT on October 2.
On the 23rd, Plutko joined the first team training at Jamsil Stadium and pitched out of the bullpen. He threw 26 pitches that day to check his physical condition.
Coach Yeom said, “Plutko will be ready to start against KT on October 2. I told him to pitch at that time,” said Yeom. “I don’t see any problems. I saw him pitching in the bullpen, so there’s no problem. He’s ready to pitch tomorrow,” he said of Plutko’s bullpen performance.
Plutko plans to throw one inning in a scrimmage before starting against KT on Oct. 2.
Plutko was the No. 1 starter in the first half. After going 15-5 last year, Plutko went 11-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 17 appearances in the first half of the year. It was the best start in the league. He was second in wins and third in ERA in the first half. He was a top-three pitcher with NC Peddy and Doosan Alcantara.
Plutko, who had won 10 straight games and 15 in a row by the end of June, suffered his first loss of the season on July 1 against KIA. He picked up his 11th win on July 8 against Lotte, and then took two weeks off, including the All-Star break. Plutko didn’t miss a beat in the rotation in the first half, throwing 102 innings to offset Kelly’s struggles.
However, things didn’t go well in the second half of the season. His first start was pushed back when it was rained out, and on July 25, he pitched a six-inning, three-run quality start against KT, but took the loss.
The team acquired starting pitcher Choi Won-tae in a trade with Kiwoom, and Choi entered the game in Flutco’s turn to solve the starting gap 메이저사이트.
At the time, Yeom said, “If you have a cold in the future, I will give you the highest penalty. It can create a crisis for the team. If the starting pitcher doesn’t take care of himself and can’t protect the rotation, it could cost us a game or two. The responsibility of a professional athlete is not just to play baseball well,” he said emphatically. (Plutko’s cold was later confirmed to be COVID-19)
On August 26, Plutko was pulled from the game against the Changwon NC after throwing four innings (one run). He was removed due to thigh discomfort, and a subsequent medical examination revealed a left pelvic bone contusion. At the time of the injury, he was expected to be out for “four to five weeks.”
It’s almost four weeks. Plutko is being too cautious with his conditioning during his rehabilitation. Athletes who are blessed with their bodies can adjust them to 100 percent for fear of recurring injuries, but it’s difficult to give the impression that they are ‘killing themselves’.
When asked about Plutko recently, coach Yeom Kyung-yup said, “I told him to get fit as soon as possible and come back. He must come back in early October. He should make two or three appearances at the end of the regular season and enter the postseason.” “If he doesn’t do that, we’re not going to use him in the postseason at all,” he said, sending a strong warning message.
Plutko’s season ended prematurely last year due to biliary symptoms at the end of the regular season. He rehabbed and prepared for the postseason, but he started Game 2 of the playoffs without throwing a single pitch in a practice game. The results were disastrous. Six runs (four earned) in 1⅔ innings.
Given the bad precedent, I’m hoping to pitch at least two games at full strength before the postseason this year. If the Kelly-Plutko one-two punch is healthy and pitching well, they will have a better chance of winning the Korean Series.