’35 pitches + 140 km/h early’ elbow strike Hanwha’s Kim Min-woo checks bullpen, could return to start as early as 26th “If everything is OK”

Hanwha Eagles’ homegrown ace Kim Min-woo will soon be back on the mound.

Kim threw out of the bullpen at Seosan Stadium, home of the Hanwha Futures (second team) on Wednesday, throwing a total of 35 메이저사이트 pitches and averaging a fastball in the low 140s.

Kim made his first start against the Incheon SSG Landers on April 14, but was hit in the right elbow by a Guillermo Herridia hard hit in the bottom of the fourth inning. He was immediately substituted due to severe swelling and was removed from the first team roster the next day. A fracture was suspected, but a medical examination revealed that he had escaped serious injury.

Kim went 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA in eight games and 39⅔ innings pitched this season. He struggled in April, going winless in five starts and taking two losses, but picked up the pace this month, earning his first win of the season. The early return of Kim Min-woo, who has been a solid starter for Hanwha in May and has made up for his lack of hitting with a solid mound performance, is a plus for the team.

“If it’s okay based on the results and training reports, I’ll throw him in the next pitching order,” Hanwha manager Choi Won-ho said ahead of the 23rd game against the KIA Tigers at Eagles Park in Daejeon. “If either one of them feels a little bit bad, I’ll take one more turn and (Lee) Sun-i will take his place,” he said, adding, “Lee Tae-yang is rested until today. Since Kim Min-woo has pitched, Lee Tae-yang will either stay in the bullpen from tomorrow or be adjusted for the next start.”

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts