Foreign pitcher Kirk McCarty, 28, who has been the de facto ace of the SSG Landers this season, is on track to make his second half comeback.

온라인바카라Right now, there is no talk of any special problems (after throwing the ball),” SSG manager Kim Won-hyung said of McCarty, who is preparing to return to the first team ahead of the Incheon Doosan Bears game on 12 December. “When we enter team training after the All-Star Game, he will start live pitching on the first or second day.”

McCarty is currently completing his Interval Throwing Programme (ITP) and has pitched out of the bullpen. He joined the first-team squad for 12 days of bullpen work. The ITP consists of catch ball, half-pitching, bullpen pitching and live pitching. Only one final step remains. “After live pitching, he will pitch in the Futures (second team) league and then join the first team,” Kim added.

The encouraging news is that there are no post-pitching symptoms. McCarty was removed from the first-team roster on the 23rd of last month due to an abnormality in his left forearm, and although a medical examination revealed no abnormalities, he still had psychological anxiety. Further tests were carried out.

The timeline for his return was also outlined. “First of all, I have to go through a practice check in the Futures League before I can pitch (in the first team roster), so it’s not easy to throw him in the starting rotation for the first three games of the second half of the season against the LG Twins in Jamsil on 21-23. I’m thinking about the order after that.”

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