No Koo Chang-mo (26), no Park Min-woo (30+ NC).
The two-hitting core of the NC in the KBO has left. It started with Koo Chang-mo. He started against LG in Jamsil on the 2nd, but after throwing only five pitches in the first inning, the coaching staff was suddenly called. He was eventually ruled unable to pitch and was immediately removed from the first team on the third day.
The injury was a left forearm flexor strain. It’s a long stretch of flexor muscle, and it’s near the wrist, not the elbow, so he avoided the worst of it, but he’ll still miss about three weeks. NC will have to endure another period of no pitching.
He had already left the first team on March 20 due to accumulated fatigue in his left shoulder and elbow. He made his comeback appearance two days and 16 days later, which took a little longer than planned but was not too late. NC tried to prevent his injury by taking enough time to manage it. However, NC’s efforts were in vain.
The bad news went to Park Min-woo, who was not in the starting lineup against Jamsil on the 2nd. NC manager Kang Myung-ho explained that he was unable to field or hit due to a sore right shoulder and could only pinch-hit.
However, there was no pinch-hitting, and Park Min-woo continued to play on the third day. On the fourth day, before the third and final game of the series, he was finally scratched. “It’s a right shoulder sprain, and we tried to monitor it for a few days, but it didn’t get better, so we decided it was better to give him a break,” Kang said.
They are all faces that symbolize NC. Koo Chang-mo, who donned the NC jersey as the third pick of the second round in 2015, has grown up to 스포츠토토 become the league’s “homegrown ace”. His 9-0 record with a 1.55 ERA in the first half of 2020 is still as strong as ever. Park Min-woo, a 2012 first-round pick, is a founding member of the ‘9th team’ NC and one of the few franchise stars.
The team knows his value better than anyone. That’s why the team made a bold investment in them last winter. NC showed its appreciation for the one-club man by giving Park Min-woo, who was in free agency last November, a five-year, $14 billion contract. In December, the team locked up Koo Chang-mo, who still had time to reach free agency, with a multi-year deal worth up to 6+1 years and $13.2 billion.
It was a key resource that NC, which had been bemoaning its inability to crack down on the house rabbits of Won Jong-hyun, Yang Ji and Noh Jin-hyuk in the Stable League, had bet everything on. However, for the time being, NC is faced with the unwelcome task of enduring a world without them.