Koo Chang-mo, one of the KBO’s leading young left-handed aces, including his team, the NC Dinos, is out for the season. The NC Dinos announced on Monday that they have removed Koo Chang-mo from the first team roster.
This is due to arm problems that have plagued him all season. Koo Chang-mo started the first game of a doubleheader against the KIA Tigers at NC Park in Changwon on Nov. 27 and came on as the second pitcher in the top of the sixth inning and pitched 2.1 innings.
He struck out one and walked one in the inning, but was forced to leave after complaining of arm pain. He later went to the emergency room of CheongAh Hospital, the club’s designated hospital, where he underwent an X-ray and computed tomography (CT) scan of the area of pain.
This was the news that Koo and the club wanted to avoid the most. “As a result of the medical examination, the diagnosis was a fracture of the ulna (wrist) of the left forearm,” the club announced.
To add insult to injury, Koo suffered another injury. After being diagnosed with a left forearm muscle injury and ulnar fatigue fracture in June, he underwent rehabilitation and returned to the mound in a Futures (second team) league game on April 19.
He was on the final roster of the Korean baseball team for the Hangzhou Asian Games, coached by Liu Zhong-il, but did not make the trip to Hangzhou. Liu and the national baseball team determined that Gu Chang-mo’s physical condition was not normal. In his place, teammate and fellow left-handed pitcher Kim Young-kyu was selected.먹튀검증
“As it is a holiday until Oct. 3, he was scheduled to go to a specialized hospital for further examination after Oct. 4,” the club added. For Koo, however, surgery was inevitable.
Since the start of the season, Koo has appeared in 11 games and pitched 51.2 innings, posting a 1-3 record with a 2.96 ERA. Selected by NC in the 2015 second round with the third overall pick out of Ulsan, Koo has a career record of 47-37 with a 3.68 ERA in 174 appearances and 680.1 innings pitched.