Manager Choi Won-ho predicted ‘Ryu Hyun-jin’s opening game’, “Bullpen pitching is an art, right?”

Ryu Hyun-jin ‘Happy Baseball’

Hanwha holds the opening match against ‘defending champion’ LG at Jamsil Stadium on March 23rd. “Ryu Hyun-jin, a higher-level player than Pedi will do better.”

Ryu Hyun-jin is training with a bright expression at the Hanwha Eagles 2nd spring camp held at Gochinda Stadium in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on the 25th.

Coach Won-ho Choi (50) of the professional baseball Hanwha Eagles also predicted that Hyun-jin Ryu (36) will start as a starter in the opening game of the KBO League regular season.

On the 25th, Coach Choi met with reporters at the Yaese Gin Baseball Stadium in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, where the team’s spring camp is in progress, and confirmed, “If there are no variables, Ryu Hyun-jin will enter the opening game. If there are no disruptions to the original training schedule due to the weather, he will participate in the opening game.” did.

Hanwha will play the opening game of the KBO League regular season against last year’s professional baseball champion LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 23rd of next month.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who has pitched once from the bullpen since joining the Hanwha camp on the 23rd, is scheduled to pitch once again from the bullpen on the 26th and then make his first live pitching on March 1st.

He is scheduled to return to Korea without additional pitching from the Okinawa camp, and his first actual game appearance is expected to be the club’s own blue-and-white match planned prior to the opening of the exhibition game.

During exhibition games, players go up to the mound twice for a final inspection.

Ryu Hyun-jin and Hanwha training with bright expressions

Coach Choi said, “If Ryu Hyun-jin goes out in the opening game, the number of pitches will be around 80. For the time being, even if he plays, he needs to keep it within 100 pitches. Ryu Hyun-jin cares more about the number of pitches than the number of innings.”

Coach Choi’s opinion is that we should not expect Ryu Hyun-jin to go past 100 pitches as if he were eating a meal, and to go past 200 innings on a regular basis at the end of a season.

Coach Choi said, “Still, if I were to become the first starter, I would likely pitch about 150 to 160 innings. I will adjust the number of pitches considering my age and surgery history, etc.,” and added, “It will be difficult to pitch 120 pitches per game like when I was young. Early in the season. He predicted that he would manage to keep it within 100 pitches in the beginning, but after the middle of the game, he would throw about 110 pitches at most.”

He then emphasized, “It is important to maintain a healthy starting order. It would be better if there were more innings, but the role of completely blocking the flow of the game in the early stages is important.”

As long as he is healthy, there is no need to doubt whether Ryu Hyun-jin will be active.

Ryu Hyun-jin threw 45 pitches from the bullpen on the 23rd, and Manager Choi continued to watch with admiration.

Regarding Ryu Hyun-jin’s first bullpen pitch, Manager Choi literally said, “It’s art, right?” 섯다

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