SSG Landers’ ‘lucky’ foreigners are returning one after another. SSG, who is aiming to recapture the lead, is ‘a thousand troops, many horses’.
Guillermo Heredia, a foreign hitter who left for the United States just before the end of the first half to obtain US citizenship, is expected to join the first team on the 25th at the earliest.
Heredia left for the United States on the 10th for an interview for US citizenship, and was also omitted from the first team. SSG had to play the last 3 games of the first half without Heredia.
Originally, Heredia was scheduled to return home during the All-Star break and join the team from the 21st, the first day of the second half. However, due to delays in administrative processing, he returned home only on the 22nd, and his return to the first team was also delayed.
He has only been to the United States, but his physical condition is not great.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said, “They say he’s in good shape. He feels good about receiving American citizenship, and he feels sorry for returning home later than promised.”
Heredia, who joined SSG ahead of this season, played an outstanding role with a batting average of 0.339, 10 home runs, 56 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.894 in 76 games, playing the role of a ‘filial son’.
Not only is his grades good, but he is also receiving high marks in terms of personality due to his sincere attitude.
Injured soldiers have already returned to the SSG lineup one after another.
Choi Jeong, the leading hitter who had been unable to play since the 5th of this month due to a left thigh injury, recovered from the injury during the All-Star break and returned to the first team on the 21st with the start of the second half.안전놀이터
Ha Jae-hoon, who suffered an injury to his left thumb while attempting to steal a base in a game against the NC Dinos on the 11th of last month, also showed a rapid recovery and returned with Choi Jeong.
If it returns to Heredia, it is expected that more weight will be added to the other SSG ships.
There are also welcome reinforcements on the mound. This is Kirk McCarty, a foreign ace who has already completed preparations for his comeback but was delayed due to rain.
McCarty complained of pain in the forearm muscle after winning his 7th win of the season after fighting well with 2 runs in 6 innings against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 22nd of last month.
McCarty, who did not return until the end of the first half, was scheduled to return at the start of the second half. He originally planned to pitch once in the Futures (second team) league game on the 21st and start against the Daegu Samsung Lions on the 26th.
When the Futures League game on the 21st was canceled due to rain, coach Kim decided to pitch McCarty as the starting pitcher against the LG Twins in Jamsil on the 23rd and have him throw about 45 pitches.
However, as the game against LG on the 23rd was postponed due to rain, the plan went awry. In the end, McCarty is scheduled to start the game against Samsung on the 26th without going through any special appearances.
McCarty performed beyond expectations prior to his injury. In 13 games, he went 7-3 with an ERA of 2.52 and performed well.
The starting lineup of SSG, which was considered a strong point before the season, fell short of expectations as Annie Romero left due to an injury and was replaced, and native left-handed ace Kim Gwang-hyun showed ups and downs.
However, thanks to McCarty’s centralization, he was able to keep from collapsing.
If McCarty returns to the SSG starting lineup, which has been shaken since McCarty’s injury, it seems that he will be able to find stability.
As SSG approached the complete team, they were able to accelerate their recapture. SSG won 6-4 against LG on the 21st, the first game of the second half, narrowing the gap with leader LG to 1.5 games.