We couldn’t wait any longer. Doosan made a decision. It’s time for a foreign pitcher.
On Aug. 8, Doosan requested the KBO to claim foreign pitcher Dylan Pyle (27) off 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” and “a resource who has no major league experience but has proven to be an innings-eater in the minor leagues 토토사이트.”
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 a serious injury, but it did put a damper on his preparation for the season. 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 against Hanwha in Daejeon on May 4. He gave up five runs on five hits in four innings. He followed that up with a poor outing against Sasik Lotte on May 11, 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 Aug. 8, “I think they waited a long time for him considering he was a foreign player. 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 I had to make a change for the sake of the team,” 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.”