Pre-evaluation→damage symptoms→no WBC appearance… ‘King of Salvation’ Go Woo-seok who couldn’t stand on the mound

Sudden injury during the evaluation match. In the end, Ko Woo-seok (LG Twins), the “best finisher” in the KBO League, ended the World Baseball Classic (WBC) without ever getting on the mound.

The Korean national team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol, was eliminated in the final round 1 on the 13th. If the Czech Republic won after giving Australia more than 4 points, there was a very high chance that Korea would get a ticket to the quarterfinals. However, as Australia defeated the Czech Republic 6-1, miracles and surprises did not happen.

Among the Korean national team players, there is a player who has not even stepped on the ground in this tournament. It is Go Woo-seok. Go Woo-seok took the mound in 61 games last year and spent a career high season with 4 wins, 2 losses, 42 saves, and an average ERA of 1.48. However, Ko Woo-seok was unable to climb the mound in a single game.메이저사이트

Ko Woo-seok was injured in an evaluation match against the Orix Buffaloes held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 6th. At that time, Go Woo-seok came to the mound in a crisis situation and ended the inning, then went to the mound in the next inning. And while continuing his pitching, he suddenly complained of discomfort in his neck and shoulders. The trainer of the national team went up to the mound and took emergency measures, such as massaging Ko Woo-seok’s neck and shoulders, where he complained of discomfort, but he could not continue pitching.

Ko Woo-seok also said, “I was nervous when pitching. It wasn’t a very good feeling,” as he left the mixed zone after the game. Go Woo-seok’s condition improved a lot after a day, but he moved to a hospital designated by the WBC Organizing Committee for an examination in preparation for an unexpected situation. And fortunately, no special problems were found, and he was diagnosed with simple muscle pain.

However, Ko Woo-seok was unable to climb the mound even after the start of the Tokyo Round. Coach Lee Kang-cheol explained before the game against Australia, “Day by day, his condition is improving. And even before the game against Japan, he said, “(Today) I think it will be a little difficult. I think I will have to think about it when the round goes up.”

The back door of the national team without Go Woo-seok was too loose to imagine. Korea failed to maintain a 4-2 lead against Australia and only scored 6 points from the back door. The Japanese War was disastrous. He made it even harder to see a pitcher who could throw a strike. Pitchers on the mound were hit by foot-and-neck hits, or self-destructed with walks or dunes. I couldn’t help but miss Go Woo-seok.

Go Woo-seok was able to confirm several scenes of him warming up before the game, such as playing catch, but he never showed up on the mound. His injury at the point where he can’t even change the final roster is savage. In the end, Ko Woo-seok finished the tournament without being able to stand on the mound even once after being named to the WBC national team. South Korea suffered the loss of being eliminated in the first round three times in a row with 2 wins and 2 losses.

[Koh Woo-seok goes into the dugout after pitching in the bottom of the 7th inning in the match between the WBC Korean national team and the Orix Buffaloes at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the morning of the 6th. Photo = Osaka (Japan) Reporter Yoo Jin-hyung]

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