Doosan left-hander Young Gun Choi Seung-yong (23) briefly rejoiced in his first billion-dollar salary since his debut, and his elbow injury failed to join the opening entry of the 2024 season.월카지노주소
Coach Lee Seung-yeop, who met at the Blacktown International Sports Park in Sydney, Australia, the site of Doosan’s first spring camp on the 9th, said, “Choi Seung-yong will undergo a re-examination in 10 days, and even if the results are okay, he will not be able to join the opening rotation of this season. The spring camp is preparing an alternative.”
Doosan said on the 2nd, “Pitcher Choi Seung-yong will be rehabilitated in Icheon for the time being due to a fatigue fracture in his left elbow. We plan to schedule a training schedule after a re-examination in three weeks.”
According to an official of Doosan Bears, Choi Seung-yong’s elbow fatigue fracture was found for the first time in the medical check-up of all the players on hold after the end of the 2023 season. After recovering, he underwent a re-examination, and his participation in the spring camp was canceled due to a three-week rehabilitation finding. Choi was originally decided to participate in the second-tier spring camp, not the first-tier team, but he will stay in Icheon due to a fatigue fracture.
Choi Seung-yong is a promising left-hander that Doosan discovered three years ago. After leaving Sorae High School and being selected as the 20th pick in the second round of Doosan’s second round in 2021, Choi entered the postseason entry with a two-hold ERA of 3.93 in 15 games in his first year, and gained valuable experience of seven games. He has displayed strong nerves of ability in three games, one ⅔, and no runs in the Korean Series, drawing attention as a left-hander who will lead Doosan in the future.
What is surprising is that Choi Seung-yong played baseball as a weekend hobby class until his second year of middle school and then started playing elite baseball in earnest in his third year. Nevertheless, he used a variety of pitches, including fastballs, sliders, curves, and splitters, along with flexible pitching form in high school, and contributed to Sorae High School’s advance to the round of 16 by beating the favorite Yatago in the 74th Golden Lion.
Choi Seung-yong has also been an issue once in the Ulsan Spring Camp in February 2022. At that time, former coach Sun Dong-yeol of “National Treasure” turned into a daily pitcher instructor for the Bears and carefully examined Doosan pitchers, and after watching Choi Seung-yong’s pitch, he gave the best compliment, saying, “I have nothing to say for real.”
Choi joined the starting rotation last year, which was notable by manager Lee Seung-yeop, and demonstrated his growth with three wins, six losses, one save and an earned run average of 3.97 in 34 games. He had to go back and forth between starting pitcher and bullpen in the first half of the year, but regained stability in the second half, contributing to Doosan’s return to the fall baseball league with one win, one save and an earned run average of 1.90 in 15 games. In the first wild card game against NC, he pitched well in one inning, striking out one and allowing no run, showing off his strength in big games.
Thanks to this, Choi joined the 2023 APBC (Asian Professional Baseball Championship) national team and earned his first national flag. In the first game against Australia, he pitched one hit, two walks, four strikeouts, and no run in one ⅔ innings, supporting Korea’s win at the end of the game 3-2. It was a successful debut game for the Korean national team.
Choi had won the starting position as the fourth starter behind Raul Alcantara, Brandon Waddell, and Kwakbin in the 2024 season. His annual salary has risen from 60 million won to 102 million won, and he has occupied the first annual salary of over 100 million won since his debut. However, did he throw too many balls last season? Due to an unexpected injury, he failed to join the opening entry.
Doosan plans to find a replacement for Choi through exhibition games with Australian and Japanese spring camps. Fortunately, the prospects are bright. The Korean duo Choi Won-joon and Lee Young-ha, once the ace pitchers in the Korean pro baseball league, are spreading their wings to revive, and Kim Min-kyu, Choi Jun-ho, Kim Yoo-sung, and Park Shin-ji are also challenging their starting pitchers by banking on their better skills than before. Lee Young-ha and Kim Min-gyu were evaluated as “in the best condition” in bullpen pitching on the previous day.
“The pitchers are in very good condition. I don’t know because I haven’t played in a real game yet, but they are preparing well,” Lee said. “In particular, Choi Won-joon and Lee Young-ha are in very good condition. In the case of Choi Won-joon, I am cautiously expecting that this season will be a season to recover from their sluggish performance. It is also my wish. Lee Young-ha also has a lot of greed for starting.”
“Of course, the criteria for evaluation is the ability to demonstrate until the exhibition game. It is difficult to change players to starting players after preparing for the middle, but it is not too much to move to starting players. We will prepare many pitchers as starters to play exhibition games,” he said, adding that he will pass the starting players for the fourth and fifth rounds.