“There is nothing particularly wrong except for the lumps.”
‘Healthy’ Koo Chang-mo (25, NC Dinos) is back.
Koo Chang-mo came off the mound after 5 pitches in a game against the LG Twins on June 2. He experienced pain in his left arm and was diagnosed with forearm flexor micro-damage. He was later diagnosed with a stress fracture of the ulna in his left arm.
Koo Chang-mo was selected to the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which opens on the 23rd. Although he was not in good shape, a healthy Koo Chang-mo could be a great help to the national team.
Koo Chang-mo also devoted himself to rehabilitation, appeared as a starter in the Futures League game against KT Wiz held at Iksan Baseball Stadium on the 19th, and even completed a practical review. He pitched two innings, allowing no runs, allowing one hit and striking out two. The total number of pitches is 27. His highest velocity reached 145 km.
The most important thing is your physical condition after throwing. Gu Chang-mo explained, “There is nothing particularly wrong except for the lumps.” NC coach Kang In-kwon also said, “There are no problems with the next pitching.”
Actual pitching after 109 days. Koo Chang-mo said, “I think I raised it quickly, but once I got into the game, I don’t think there were any major problems with the sensory aspect. I feel like it’s a satisfactory pitch.” He also expressed satisfaction with the arrest, saying, “It came out better than I expected.”
As he had a particularly ‘bad injury history’, spending 2021 in rehabilitation, he now has the know-how and confidence to rehabilitate and return. Gu Chang-mo said, “I have a good memory after returning after a gap of 1 year and 6 months after surgery. This time, I had no worries about the sensory or balance aspects during rehabilitation,” and added, “I went through rehabilitation with the hope that my body would recover quickly. “I did it,” he explained.
Koo Chang-mo continued, “As the injury prolonged, I felt sorry for the team. I wanted to return quickly, but the hospital said there would be a stabilization period, so I tried to protect it as much as possible. After hearing that I was okay, I wanted to join the team quickly and did everything I could as long as it wasn’t too much of a problem. “I prepared as quickly as possible,” he said.
Coach Kang registered Koo Chang-mo ahead of the Doosan Bears match on the 20th. The game스포츠토토 was canceled due to rain, but the game is scheduled to start against Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on the 21st. Coach Kang talked about how to use it, saying, “The starter may fall and be left behind, and if the starter plays the inning normally, we plan to have him take the mound later.”
The Asian Games national team will be convened on the 23rd. The idea is to finalize the final list before then. As injuries to players such as Lee Jeong-hoo occurred, replacement players became inevitable. Although he has appealed his health once, it remains to be seen whether Koo Chang-mo is also ‘confirmed on board’.
Koo Chang-mo said, “After the injury, the entry was announced, and they trusted me and selected me. I had a sense of responsibility to represent my country, so I thought a lot about returning quickly and showing it off.”
We are still cautious about everything. We asked Koo Chang-mo to make a ‘self-appeal’ for the Asian Games national team. Koo Chang-mo said, “While playing the game, the balance and sensibility were not too bad. However, it is not something I can decide. For now, I will do my best to do what I can.”