Jang Hyun-seok (19), the only amateur player on the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) baseball team, will take part in a live game on Saturday. The national team’s coaching staff will be keeping a close eye on Jang Hyun-seok as he competes in practice ahead of next week’s national team call-up.
Cho Gye-hyun, head of the KBO’s power enhancement committee, said on Friday, “I understand that Jang Hyun-seok is playing a practice game tomorrow. The national team coaches will go and watch him pitch.” “He should join the national team in good physical condition. In the meantime, the strength and conditioning committee or the national team coaches have been checking him every now and then, but this time, it’s a practice game, so it’s important to check him.”
Jang, one of the biggest high school talents this year, signed a $900,000 contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers last month. Prior to the signing, the Dodgers organization promised to actively support Jang’s participation in future international competitions. The Dodgers have already approved his participation with Hangzhou AG. Jang is expected to start training at the Dodgers’ facility in October.
However, Jang’s participation in the AG team is not yet fully confirmed. According to Cho, the team will check his physical condition until the end of the season before calling him up on the 23rd. As Jang’s last official pitch was on August 5, it is necessary to check his physical condition before the international tournament.
If Jang receives a passing grade on the 16th, his place in the national team will be up for grabs. When the team was first selected, it was expected that Jang would be a long-inning starter against teams other than Taiwan and Japan. However, given his recent absence from the field, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to start.스포츠토토
Masan Yongmago’s right-handed pitcher Jang Hyun-seok, who is trying out for Major League Baseball (MLB), poses for a pitching pose during a press conference for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dragon City Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, on Aug. 14.
Jang Hyun-seok is not the only player on the roster. NC’s Koo Chang-mo, who has been sidelined with an injury, made his last appearance on June 2 against Jamsil LG Electronics. He will pitch in a Futures League game at Masan Stadium on June 16. National team manager Ryu Jung-il and committee chairman Cho Kye-hyun plan to watch him pitch.
Lee Jeong-hoo will miss the national team after suffering a left ankle injury against Sasik Lotte on July 22 and going under the knife. At the time of the injury, he was diagnosed with a three-month recovery time and is currently focusing on post-surgery rehabilitation. The committee is still looking for a replacement for Lee.
The roster is expected to be finalized by the 22nd at the latest. At that time, a replacement for Lee will be decided, as well as whether Jang Hyun-seok and Koo Chang-mo will be included in the final roster. If Jang Hyun-seok and Koo Chang-mo are not in full fitness, their replacements will also be decided by the 22nd.
The team will convene on the 23rd for its first training session at the Gocheok Dome, before departing for Hangzhou, China, on the 26th. The team’s first game will be on October 1 against Hong Kong. Assuming they make it to the final, they will play a total of six games before the final on October 7.