He couldn’t wait any longer. Doosan made a decision. They’ve decided to replace a foreign pitcher.
On the 8th, Doosan requested the KBO to place foreign pitcher Dylan Pyle (27) on waivers.
Doosan signed Dillon to a contract prior to the season for a total of $650,000. Doosan described him as “a complete starting pitcher with a stable delivery and good command of his pitches” and “a resource who has no major league experience but has proven to be an innings-eater in the minor leagues.”메이저놀이터
But it got off to a rocky start. In February, during a live pitching session at spring training in Australia, Dillon was hit in the head by a pitch and suffered a fractured skull. Luckily, it didn’t lead to anything serious, but it did put a damper on his preparation for the season, and he missed the opening day roster. It could have been a serious injury, so Doosan moved cautiously.
Dillon, who had been preparing steadily in the second team, didn’t make his KBO debut until May and made his first start on the 4th of last month against Daejeon Hanwha. He gave up five runs on five hits in four innings. He followed that up with a poor outing against Sasik Lotte on the 11th, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits in five innings.
There was no more of Dillon to be seen. To make matters worse, an injury to his right elbow forced him to take another layoff, and Doosan’s patience was wearing thin.
Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop said before the game against Jamsil Hanwha on the 8th, “I think we waited a long time for him, considering he is a foreigner. We gave him as much time as we could. If it was difficult for me to pitch because of my head, I could definitely wait, but I couldn’t wait any longer because my elbow was also hurting. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a month or two months, so for the sake of the team, I had to make a change,” he said, explaining the reasoning behind the decision to replace Dillon.
Doosan had already begun the search for a new foreign pitcher to replace Dillon. Doosan is currently in the final stages of negotiations, having narrowed down a shortlist of candidates.
“It won’t take long,” Lee said. We should have a decision within this week.”