‘Multi-winning foreign ace injured for first start of season’ First-round pick right-hander turns crisis into opportunity

There’s an emergency on the Samsung mound. David Buchanan, the multi-winning foreign ace, was unable to take the mound due to pain in the back of his right hand.

Manager Park Jin-man said, “It’s Buchanan’s turn to pitch tomorrow, but he can’t start due to pain in the back of his hand.” “He says he has pain, but there are no abnormal symptoms at the hospital checkup. When I look at it, the hand is swollen,” he lamented.

Buchanan, who first stepped foot on Korean soil in 2020, went 42-20 with a 3.20 ERA in 83 games over three years. He went 15-7 in his rookie year, tying the franchise record for most wins by a foreign pitcher. The following year, he went 16-5 and tied for first place in wins with Kiwoom’s Eric Yokishi.

Last year, despite being sidelined for a month with an injury, he went 11-8, his third straight year of double-digit wins. In 11 starts this season, he has shown ace-like instincts, going 4-3 with a 3.46 ERA.

In Buchanan’s place, fourth-year pitcher Hwang Dong-jae will get the start against NC on Aug. 8. After graduating from Kyungpook National 메이저사이트 University, Hwang began his professional career in 2020 with the first overall pick of Samsung, and is 1-3 in 17 games for the first team. His ERA is 7.06.

He suffered a right elbow injury during a camp in Okinawa, Japan, and returned home early for player protection, and has been rehabbing and playing in the Futures stage, waiting for a call-up to the first team. He made five appearances on the mound, winning and losing. His ERA is 3.43.

Hwang made his first quality start of the season against NC on March 23 (6 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 2 runs), and in his last start against KIA on March 30 (6 innings, 7 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 5 runs (4 earned)), he recorded his first win of the season.

Hwang Dong-jae has good memories against the NC. On May 5 last year, he recorded his first win against NC in Daegu with 6⅔ innings, five hits, one walk, three strikeouts, and one run. The unexpected injury to the prolific foreign ace put a red light on the starting lineup for Samsung. Will Hwang Dong-jae turn the crisis into an opportunity?

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