KIA Tigers’ Pil Seung-jo Jang Hyun-sik (28) joins the team from the second spring camp. KIA waits for the complete ‘J Trio’.
KIA ended its first spring camp held in Tucson, Arizona, USA from February 2nd to 24th (Korean time). Due to the changeable weather in Tucson, he played only one game out of three practice games, but moved to Okinawa, Japan for the second spring camp without any injuries.
Good news came. Jang Hyun-sik, the king of holds in the 2021 season, was included in the roster for the 2nd spring camp. Jang Hyun-sik, who underwent surgery on a bone fragment in his right elbow in October of last year, was excluded from the first camp and began rehabilitation in Korea.
KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said of Jang Hyeon-sik, “It is possible to pitch in the bullpen. I am trying to conduct ITP (Step-by-Step Pitching Program) in a warm place. I am only joining training because there is an injury burden.”
Jang Hyun-sik has been active as the team’s setup man for the past two years, and has made many appearances to win. He played in 123 games over two seasons and scored 53 holds in 128⅔ innings. As much as that, KIA is watching the recovery process of key bullpen Jang Hyun-shik.
Coach Kim explained, “Camp isn’t everything. You have to pitch in the field later. As a bullpen pitcher, you have to be able to throw two days in a row, and you have to be in good shape because you travel frequently.” 토토사이트
Then, when asked when Jang Hyun-shik would return, coach Kim said, “It’s not easy to join in time for the opening game. I’m thinking of late April to early May after throwing in Futures first.”
KIA has a task to fill the vacancy of Jang Hyun-sik. Right-handed pitchers can pay attention to sidearm Yoon Joong-hyun and Park Jun-pyo, and there is a chance that Lim Ki-young will take over the bullpen duties depending on the situation. Lefties have plenty of resources available. We are pinning our hopes on Lee Jun-young, Kim Dae-yu, and Choi Ji-min, and there is a possibility that Kim Ki-hoon and Yoon Young-cheol will play a part in the bullpen.
The command tower also mentioned other right-handed resources who sweated in the camp. Manager Kim said, “Song Hu-seop and Lee Tae-gyu are promising pitchers. They need to gain experience, but I think they will be helpful in the middle and the second half of the season. Yoo Seung-chul did very well in the early part of last season, but he still lacks experience. I have high expectations for this year. . Newly joined Kim Seung-hyun is showing a good figure. His control is not good, but if he has good pitches and gains confidence, it is worth looking forward to.”