An ace who had never taken a break for years was left out of the entry. Professional baseball KIA Yang Hyeon-jong (35, photo) went to Hampyeong with a task to recover.스포츠토토
Yang Hyeon-jong was excluded from the first team entry on the 16th. because of the recent downturn.
Yang Hyeon-jong had his 7th loss of the season with 5.2 innings, 6 hits (1 home run), 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 7 runs against Kiwoom in Gwangju on the 15th. On the 8th, the record was deleted due to a no game in the rain, but Yang Hyeon-jong took the mound against LG and collapsed with 9 hits, 1 walk and 8 runs (6 earned) in 2 innings. Following the first half, KIA decided to rest Hyeon-jong Yang as he showed unprecedented anxiety with a large number of runs lost in two consecutive games.
It is the first time since September 2019 that Yang Hyeon-jong was canceled during the season from the entry. At the time, he was excluded from the entry on September 18, 10 days before the end of the regular season. It was a season in which Yang Hyeon-jong won 16 wins (8 losses) and made an outstanding performance with an average ERA of 1st (2.29), but KIA had no reason to throw more because the postseason elimination was confirmed early. Since 2014, when Yang Hyeon-jong started building his ace career in earnest, he has never been excluded from the entry during the season due to sluggish performance.
From 2014 to last year, Yang Hyun-jong has thrown more than 170 innings for 8 consecutive years in the KBO League, excluding one year (2021) in the United States. Because he considers the responsibility of being an ace heavy, he has always refused to take breaks recommended by the coaching staff and has consistently thrown in. It is evaluated that it is time for him to become exhausted. KIA also sees his deterioration in physical strength as the first cause of sluggishness.
Yang Hyeon-jong did not accompany the 1st Army and moved to Hampyeong, where the 2nd Army and the Rehabilitation Army were located. This is because in order to get rid of his sluggishness, he believes that there are parts that need to be strengthened besides restoring physical strength.
Seo Jae-eung, KIA pitching coach, said, “It is great that he is physically exhausted, but his original form is a little off. He sees that the angle of his left leg and arm on the stride is so different that the spin is also off. He decided to give it time to correct and balance it,” he explained.
Yang Hyeon-jong did not get as many restraints as before, but his command itself did not fall off. However, since he has less power on the ball than before, he has been getting hit a lot this season. He’s also seen a surge in his quads lately. The number of walks, which was 2.58 per 9 innings until June, jumped to 4.44 in 5 games since July. In response, it is a fine task that Yang Hyeon-jong accepted to re-adjust the pitching motion and restore balance.
As of the 16th, KIA chased 5th place Doosan by a car of 0.5 games and put it within range to enter the top 5. However, they are unable to run away with 7th place Lotte by 0.5 games. Since there is no suitable pitcher to replace Yang Hyeon-jong, it is expected that he will have to play with all the middle pitching pitchers. There is a long way to go and it is urgent, but the fact that the first Korean starter, who has no substitute, was excluded from the first team after several years is because it is considered a necessary process for the end of the season. In the end, veteran Yang Hyeon-jong’s lead is still needed in terms of the ripple effect on the entire team. KIA plans to return Yang Hyeon-jong after giving him 10 days to recover.