Adam Plutko’s unwelcome departure is déjà vu. The challenge for the LG Twins’ first combined championship in 29 years took an unprecedented leap.
LG removed left-handed setup man Deok-joo Ham from the first team entry along with Adam Plutko, who suffered a pelvic bruise, ahead of the match against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 29th. Left-handed pitcher Kim Yun-sik and right-handed pitcher Lee Ji-gang were registered as two players who contributed the most to the starting pitcher and bullpen this season suddenly left.안전놀이터
Ham Deok-joo is a preventive replacement based on the judgment that fatigue has accumulated. The biggest problem is that Ace’s injury is more serious than expected.
Previously, Plutko was replaced early after digesting only 80 pitches in 4 innings against the NC Dinos in Changwon on the 26th. And as a result of a close examination, a 4-5 week colonization was likely due to a pelvic contusion.
On the 29th, LG Twins coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said, “I heard that it takes about four weeks for Plutko to recover. He explained, “I think it should be seen that it takes 4 to 5 weeks (to throw the ball).”
This season, Plutko recorded 11 wins, 3 losses and an average ERA of 2.41 in 21 games, tied for 3rd in the most wins category and ranked 3rd in the average ERA category, and continues to play an active role as LG’s ace. However, on July 9, due to a confirmed case of Corona 19 and a cold, he was canceled from the entry once and missed about two weeks, and he left the team for a long time during the most important ranking fight at the end of the season, leaving regret.
Above all, timing is critical. From LG’s point of view, Plutko’s departure at the end of the season last year also had a fatal impact on the presidential challenge.
Last year, Plutko began to reign as the league’s overwhelming ace from June through April and May, when the average ERA stayed in the 3-point range. In particular, he was raging with an average ERA of 1.31 with 6 wins and 1 loss in only 10 games he played in the second half. Then, on September 25, 2022, Plutko started against Incheon SSG Landers and was immediately replaced after pitching 0 pitches after facing only one batter with an automatic intentional ball due to symptoms of dampness. And that became Plutko’s last appearance in the regular season.
Afterwards, Plutko did not pitch in actual games such as practice games or rehabilitation games, and after checking only with bullpen pitching, he started PS. And in the end, Plutko, who failed to improve his condition, suffered greatly in the second game of the playoffs against Kiwoom Heroes with 8 hits, 1 strikeout, and 6 runs (4 earned) in 1.1 innings, and was finally released.
LG, which overcame the baseline by winning the first game of the playoffs, actually gave Kiwoom a flow with the loss in the second game, and was upset with a series record of 1 win and 3 losses and exited fall baseball. It was no exaggeration to say that the most decisive moment in LG’s PS competition last year was Plutco’s steel plate.
The more disturbing point for LG is that ‘Jamsil Jesus’ Casey Kelly, who was in charge of LG mound before Plutco, is not the same as in previous years. In the most recent match against Lotte, he had 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and earned his 8th win of the season, but it was his first scoreless victory in 24 games. His season ERA is still 4.39. To put it mildly, it is difficult to make a point in the first round of KS with only the current performance.
LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop denied the possibility of a season out, saying, “I think I can come back at the end of the season,” but he couldn’t hide his regretful appearance. At the same time, director Yeom Gyeong-yeop said, “Kim Yoon-sik came in. He was reported to be getting better. He expressed his anticipation, saying, “I will do well because I gave him enough time to prepare.”
As a result, the most important thing is how much Plutko finds and returns to normal condition. If it takes at least 4 to 5 weeks to recover, it may take longer to return to normal condition and increase the number of pitches to start. In fact, it is close to being out of the regular season.
Difficulties overlapped due to the absence of Asian Games selection and the departure of the team ace. Director Yeom said, “It can’t be helped. As everyone thinks about baseball, the regular season doesn’t work that way. “I have no choice but to solve it well in the given conditions and environment,” he said. “I prepared Kim Yun-sik and others well, and prepared alternatives. The difference between whether there will be a vacancy or not will appear depending on what role those players come in and play. The team has been preparing what needs to be prepared, so we have to replace it with that power and go.”