LG Twins Adam Plutko will return to the United States today (July 27).
“Plutko will depart for the United States at 4 p.m.,” LG said on Sunday, adding, “He has been working hard on his rehabilitation, but after discussions with the club, it was determined that it was difficult for him to pitch in the Korean Series.”
Plutko has been one of the league’s best pitchers in the first half of the season. In 102 innings pitched in 17 games in the first half, he went 11-1 with a 2.21 ERA. When starter Casey Kelly was struggling, Plutko was the ace in the hole.
After throwing so many innings in the first half, Yeom gave Plutko plenty of rest from the end of the first half to the beginning of the second half to keep her fresh.
However, we didn’t see much of Plutko in the second half. He was unable to take the mound due to a nagging injury with Korona.
After taking the loss against KT on July 25 (three runs in six innings), Plutko was delayed due to a high fever. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was able to pitch 20 days later. On August 15, he gave up four runs (three earned) in 5⅓ innings against Samsung Electronics and one run in six innings against SSG on August 20, and seemed to be recovering his form.
However, injury struck on August 26 against the Changwon NC, when he suffered a left pelvic bone contusion. He was expected to rehab for up to five weeks.
There was an uneasy feeling about the timing of Plutko’s return. Even head coach Yeom Kyung-yup expressed his discomfort. It turns out that Plutko and the training staff were at odds over the rehabilitation process.
After receiving the results of the medical examination, Plutko sent the results to his personal doctor in the United States. The Korean doctors and LG Training Part cleared him to throw the ball, but not in the US. Plutko slowed down his rehabilitation based on his doctor’s opinion.
In the end, they couldn’t close the gap. His trust was diminishing. It’s no wonder that he fell out of favor with manager Yoon Kyung-yup. He was eventually cut from the Korean Series roster.
He returned to the United States on the same day.
Plutko left a message for the fans and the team through the organization. Here’s the full text of his message
“LG Twins fans, thank you so much for being a sanctuary for my family over the past two years. We appreciate it more than words can express. 토스카지노
My son went to school here, and my wife loved Korea, so thank you so much for making it so special for all of us.
To my teammates, you know how I feel about you. We’ve worked so hard these past two years. When I’ve been on the mound, throwing the ball, and when I haven’t, I’ve been trying to win for LG Twins.