Samsung Lions foreign pitcher David Buchanan avoided a major injury when he was removed from the mound after just two innings.
Buchanan started the 14th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League season against the LG Twins at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on Saturday and gave way to right-hander Lee Seung-hyun after two innings of one-hit ball.
Buchanan was seen in the dugout after the top of the second inning complaining of discomfort, and he also felt unwell during a practice pitch in the top of the third inning. The Samsung bench eventually pulled Buchanan and brought in right-hander Lee Seung-hyun.
Before the 15th game of the season against LG on the 17th, Samsung manager Park Jin-man said, “I think I had a little lump in my throat at the time. It’s better than yesterday,” he said, explaining Buchanan’s condition, “I think we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how he’s doing.”
As for what caused the pain. “It wasn’t when he was throwing,” Park said, “but when he was reading the video, he suddenly turned his head to look at the scoreboard, and it hurt, so I think it came up for a second, but somehow he couldn’t throw the ball to the last batter, Moon Sung-ju. He said he would try to throw it, so he went out in the top of the third inning, but he couldn’t do it while he was warming up, so he was replaced.”
Despite losing the game, right-hander Lee Seung-hyun, who was called up on short notice, did his job with three scoreless innings. “After the top of the second inning, Buchanan came down and said he didn’t feel well, so Lee Seung-hyun had been preparing for some time,” Park said. “If he could just get two innings, he would be good, but I think he was able to get through the third inning and throw the right pitches. I think my command wasn’t very good, so the batters were actively hitting, so I think I threw fewer pitches.”메이저놀이터
Meanwhile, Samsung, which will challenge Casey Kelly in the best-of-three series, lined up in the following order: Kim Hyun-joon (center field), Kim Sung-yoon (left field), Koo Ja-uk (right field), Jose Pirela (designated hitter), Ryu Ji-hyuk (first base), Kang Han-ul (third base), Kim Dong-jin (second base), Lee Jae-hyun (shortstop), and Kim Jae-sung (catcher). Baek Jung-hyun is the starting pitcher. Lee Jae-hyun is back in the lineup, and Kang Min-ho will start the game off the bench.