Doosan Bears foreign pitcher Dylan Pyle is temporarily leaving the team due to a right elbow problem. Doosan, which has already discovered ‘starter Kim Dong-ju’ in the process of filling Dylan’s vacancy, is now expected to choose Lee Won-jae as another alternative starting resource.
Doosan expunged Dylan from the first team entry on May 15th. Dylan was diagnosed with a right elbow medial flexor sprain. Doosan said, “Dylan received an MRI scan today (the 15th) at Cheongdam Rion Orthopedic Surgery and was diagnosed with a sprained medial flexor muscle in his right elbow. He plans to start treatment and strengthening exercises while skipping a turn in the starting pitching. Tomorrow (16th), we plan to register pitcher Lee Won-jae.”
Dylan, who spent a long rehabilitation period this season due to an unfortunate hit to the head at spring camp, made his debut in the KBO League on May 4 against the Hanwha Eagles in Jamsil. On this day, Dylan became the losing pitcher with 5 hits (2 homers), 2 walks and 5 runs in 4 innings.
Afterwards, Dylan failed to win the match against Sajik Lotte Giants on the 11th with 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings. As a result, the preparation process for the season has not been carried out normally, so it is an atmosphere where even the elbows are strained.
In April, Doosan succeeded in putting right-hander Young Gun Kim Dong-joo in Dylan’s vacancy to hold on. Rather, even after Dylan’s return, Kim Dong-joo survived in the starting rotation and showed his native ace-class performance. Another unexpected departure from Dylan came out, but Doosan should take it as an opportunity to discover new native starters and become a blessing in disguise.
It looks like the Doosan bench will choose Lee Won-jae as a replacement starter to fill Dylan’s vacant spot this week. Among the pitchers currently in the starting rotation of the Future Team, there were only a handful of pitchers who would go into the Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes match on the 17th, Dylan’s turn.
First of all, it was difficult for Park Shin-ji, Kim Yu-seong, and Choi Jong-in (right-hander in the 2nd round of 2020) to start the game on the 17th considering the start date of the Futures League last week.
The remaining candidates were veteran left-hander Jang Won-jun and second-round left-hander Lee Won-jae, who joined last year. On May 10, Jang Won-jun 토스카지노 started against Icheon SSG Landers in the Futures League and won with a quality start with 6 hits, 5 strikeouts and 3 runs in 6 innings. Jang Won-joon started 4 times in the Futures League this season and is recording 1 win, 1 loss with an average ERA of 3.60, 18 strikeouts and 6 walks with a WHIP of 1.40.
Lee Won-jae, who is evaluated as a next-generation left-handed resource for Doosan, started against Icheon SSG on May 11 and achieved a quality start with 7 hits, 7 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 run in 6 innings. Lee Won-jae’s performance in the Futures League this season is 3 losses in 4 starts, an average ERA of 6.46, 11 strikeouts and 11 pitches with a WHIP of 1.83.
In the end, it seems that the Doosan bench decided to give Lee Won-jae, a left-hander in the second year of joining the team, a starting pitching opportunity, who showed the most outstanding Futures League pitching this season in the previous pitching. As in the case of Kim Dong-ju in April, the atmosphere is expected for the left-hander Young-gun to make a surprise performance. Attention is focusing on whether Lee Won-jae, who has to fill Dylan’s vacancy, will be able to work in his first-team debut.