Unlucky injury after WBC → finally came back, “Please just use it…”

At the beginning of this season, 메이저놀이터KT Wiz is having a hard time staying at the bottom. Still, KT Wiz is evaluated as having potential. Last season, it was sluggish at the beginning of the season, but it was because from the middle of the season, it was because it finally experienced fall baseball. It is also encouraging that the injured are gradually returning one by one. Ju Kwon (28), the ‘Hold King’, who played an active part in the Chinese national team in the WBC (World Baseball Classic) tournament and the winning team of KT Wiz, returned to the first team.

KT Wiz won 12-7 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO league away match against the LG Twins at Jamsil Baseball Stadium (8,567 people) in Seoul on the 16th. With this victory, KT escaped from two consecutive losses and stepped on the hill of 10 wins (2 draws, 22 losses) in the season and prepared a foothold for the last place. The ride with 9th place Hanwha was also narrowed to 1.5 games. On the other hand, LG ended its two-game winning streak, marking 22 wins and 14 losses.

Prior to this day’s game, KT registered three people for the first team entry, including pitcher Ju Kwon and Jeon Yong-joo, and infielder Jang Joon-won. All three were the first team call-ups this season. On the 15th, when there was no game, KT canceled pitcher Kim Young-hyun, catcher Kang Hyeon-woo, and infielder Ryu Hyun-in from the first team entry.

Above all, KT is most pleased with the return of sovereignty. This year, KT is groaning as its main players continue to be injured. Starters Sohn So-jun and Pil Seung-jo Kim Min-soo, outfielders Bae Jung-dae and Kim Min-hyeok, and infielder Hwang Jae-gyun suffered major and minor injuries and left the line. Still, the recent return of sovereignty with Park Byung-ho is no different from KT’s point of view.

Ju Kwon, who graduated from Cheongju Uam Elementary School – Cheongju Middle School – Cheongju High School, joined KT in 2015 as a priority. Since then, he has participated in 396 games in 8 seasons of the KBO League until last season, recording 32 wins, 36 losses, 4 saves and 105 holds, and a career average ERA of 5.14.

In the 2019 season, Joo-kwon, who became a member of the Pilseungjoo in earnest, won the 31st hold in the 2020 season and won the hold king title that year. In the 2021 season, he posted an average ERA of 3.31 with 3 wins, 4 losses and 27 holds, and an ERA of 3.91 with 3 wins, 3 losses, 1 save and 15 holds last season.

Prior to this season, Ju Kwon was selected for the Chinese national baseball team and stepped on the WBC stage. Ju Kwon, who finished the tournament safely, was unable to join the opening roster due to an elbow (right forearm) injury prior to the start of the season. Since then, sovereignty has focused on recovering his elbow condition while going through his rehabilitation process.

On the 16th, ahead of the game against LG in Jamsil, KT coach Lee Kang-cheol said, “I try to appoint Ju Kwon in a convenient situation.” “he said.

sovereignty. /Photo = Courtesy of KT Wiz
Sovereignty also understood the meaning of the command tower well. Prior to the game on the 16th, Joo-kwon, who met with reporters, said, “I returned after rehabilitation, and it feels best to return without being sick.” Regarding restraint, he said, “I don’t think I’m a fast pitcher with ball speed. On average, I shoot speeds in the early 140km range, but I think the feeling is the same as when I was good. I came up after playing two games in the Futures League, but I came up with a little more I guess I’ll have to watch it,” he added.

Sovereignty has been devoted to the team by digesting every season without major injuries. However, he could not join normally this season due to injury, and he had to watch the team go down.

Joo Kwon said, “I continued to watch our team’s games (during the rehabilitation period). It was very sad that I couldn’t be with you from the opening day. I went to the 2nd team because I was sluggish, but this was the first time I was sick and missed it. It’s okay if I went to the 2nd team because I didn’t do well. I would have, but I was sad because I couldn’t play baseball because I was sick. Still, I wanted to come back as pain-free as possible.”

He continued, “At the beginning of the rehabilitation, I was very worried that I would get sick again. But when I asked the other hyungs who were rehabilitating, they said that everyone had the same thoughts. Fortunately, I didn’t feel any pain from 2 to 3 weeks ago.” Joo Kwon said, “(Park) Kyung-soo senior and (Park) Byeong-ho seniors all welcomed my return, saying, ‘It’s very nice to see you.’ expressed his determination.

Finally, he said, “Our team has been in the top ranks for the past four years. Although we are in 10th place now, I think it is still early in the season. If we slowly win one win at a time, I think we will be on the top of the leaderboard someday.” First of all, I hope I do well. I think that only then will my personal performance follow.

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