‘Before I knew it, we had four guys out’… LG bullpen in crisis, will be tested in late innings

After finishing the first half in first place, the LG Twins bullpen is faltering. It’s because of another injury. Before they knew it, four pitchers were out.

Coincidentally, both sidearm pitchers have been designated for assignment.

LG designated pitcher Jung Woo-young for assignment on the 13th. He complained of back discomfort.

An LG official said, “He didn’t pitch in the game on the 12th because his back was uncomfortable. It’s nothing serious. We removed him from the first team so that he can get a good rest and come back fully recovered.”

Jung was 2-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 41 games this year with 11 strikeouts. In the first month of the season, he suffered three losses and a 4.22 ERA. In 13 games in June, he had one save and a 5.73 ERA.

He was named to the national team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games in September, but at the time of publication, he hadn’t fully returned to form.

Still, it’s encouraging to see that he’s been performing better lately. In 10 games, from Samsung Electronics on June 14 to Lotte on June 9, he allowed four runs and two earned runs in 8⅓ innings with a 2.16 ERA.

On the previous day, “Rookie” Park Myung-geun was removed from the first team roster due to an elbow injury.

Park was pulled from the game against KT in the sixth inning with his team leading 4-3 after giving up a single, a double, and a walk. He gave up two runs without recording an out.

It turned out there was something wrong with my elbow. It felt heavy and uncomfortable, so he was removed from the roster.

Park, who was selected in the third round of this year’s rookie draft, has appeared in 36 games with a 4-4 record, five saves and a 3.25 ERA in 36 innings pitched.

His all-around performance as a long reliever, set-up man, and interim closer made him one of the most valuable members of the pitching staff in the first half of the season.

Park had already dealt with elbow tightness once before, in late June. At that time, manager Yoon Kyung-yup organized two days of rest, and Park had already rested for about four days when the game situation didn’t require him to pitch. And this time, when the second abnormality was signaled, he decided to give him a longer rest. For the time being, he will focus on recovering his physical condition in the second team, so he won’t be able to start the second half.안전놀이터

LG posted a 3.3 bullpen ERA in 81 games in the first half. That’s good for third in the league. Their depth was so deep that they had two must-win groups, which was unheard of among the 10 teams.

However, they lost Baek Seung-hyun and Yoo Young-chan in the first half of the season. Park Myung-geun and Jung Woo-young are also out for a while. The bullpen depth, the most confident part of the team, will be put to the test at the start of the second half.

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