Re-signing 2 billion won → Injury → 7 points range of ERA → Release…Colleagues’ last greeting, “I always support you. See you again”

Professional baseball Doosan Bears All-Star players said their sincere greetings to “Ace” Raul Alcantara (32), who left the team after being released last week.

Doosan released first starter Alcantara, who had been sluggish since returning from injury on the 4th. It asked the KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) to announce waivers for Alcantara, and at the same time recruited new foreign pitcher Jordan Balazovic (26) for a total of 250,000 dollars.밤알바

Alcantara, who made his KBO League debut with KT Wiz in the 2019 season, played 198 ⅔ innings in 31 games for Doosan in the 2020 season, ranking the KBO League with 20 wins, 2 losses and a 2.54 182 strikeouts and WHIP 1.03. While achieving quality starts in 27 out of 31 games, he ranked first in multiple wins, winning percentage and quality starts, second in innings and strikeouts, third in WHIP and fourth in ERA.

Alcantara signed with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese professional baseball for $4 million for two years in the 2021 season, but failed to adapt and was notified of his release after the end of the 2022 season. He returned to Doosan for a total of $900,000 in the 2023 season, leading his team to return to the postseason stage for the first time in two years with 13 wins, 9 losses and a 2.67 ERA in 31 games (192 innings).

Doosan selected Alcantara as the ace of the 2024 season early on and re-signed the contract on the condition of a total of $1.5 million (about 2 billion won).

Alcantara, who has been confident about his health, was canceled after the Kiwoom Heroes match in Jamsil on April 21 due to discomfort in his right elbow. He was diagnosed with an outer elbow sprain at three domestic hospitals, but he did not trust it and was re-examined by his doctor in the U.S. The U.S. medical team also diagnosed the sprain, which is the same finding as the Korean medical team, and returned to the starting lineup at the end of May after a month of recovery.

Alcantara’s fastball, which hurts his elbow, no longer worked for KBO league hitters. He was still in the early-mid 150km range, but strikes became prey to hitters, and in the aftermath, the ratio of balls increased. Early replacement was more frequent due to massive losses, including five runs in three ⅓ innings against the Gwangju KIA Tigers on May 26, five runs in three ⅔ against the Daejeon Hanwha Eagles on June 26, and six runs in two innings against the Jamsil Lotte Giants on July 3.

Doosan started the list of foreign players in May when Alcantara was recovering from his injury. A Doosan official told OSEN over the phone, “Since May, the team’s foreign player representative has selected candidates for the U.S., and the contract accelerated in the middle of last month. Originally, I thought of recruiting a new foreign pitcher around mid-July, but I accelerated and agreed to a contract with Balazovic on the 4th.”

In addition, Alcantara reportedly complained of elbow pain again after the game against Lotte on the 3rd, which was a farewell match as a result.

Doosan players, who met at the All-Star Game last weekend, all regretted their farewell to Alcantara.

Yang Eui-ji, the main catcher who met Alcantara for the first time after returning to Doosan last year, said, “He must have been very upset because he was not feeling well this year. I was very disappointed when I left,” adding, “He still greeted me well and sent me well. He told me to always support me and get along with my family. He asked me to see him again.”

Unlike Yang Eui-ji, Jung Soo-bin, the main center fielder, first shared the same rice with Alcantara in 2020 before reuniting in 2023 and being released.

“Alcantara was very close to us. She also gave good performances while staying at Doosan. I think she has done well so far,” Jung said. “If there is a start, there is an end. Even if Alcantara remained, he would not have stayed at Doosan. This year’s performance was not good, and the world of professional players is cool-headed. Great job.”

Balazovic, who will replace Alcantara, plans to enter the country through Incheon International Airport on the evening of the 8th and join Doosan through documentary procedures such as visa issuance.

Jung Soo-bin expressed his excitement toward the second half of the year, saying, “Now that another good pitcher is coming, I’ll look forward to that pitcher.”

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