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Nexen Heroes waive struggling American pitcher

All Headlines 15:59 June 16, 2016

SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Nexen Heroes waived struggling right-hander Robert Coello Thursday.

The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said it will announce Coello's replacement once ongoing talks are finalized.

The KBO clubs are each allowed three foreign players, with up to two of them being pitchers.

Coello, in his first KBO season, has gone 6-5 with a 3.77 ERA in a dozen starts. The American settled down after a shaky start to the season but has battled control issues all year. He has 42 walks against 46 strikeouts in 62 innings, and has issued at least one free pass in every start this season.

Coello was slated to start against the Hanwha Eagles during the three-game weekend series.

Another American, Scott McGregor, is the likely replacement for Coello. MyCentralJersey.com reported earlier in the day that the hard-throwing right-hander had left the Somerset Patriots, in the independent Atlantic League, to move to South Korea.

McGregor has gone 4-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 59 innings across nine starts for the Patriots this year. He has struck out 31 and walked six.

For seven years in the minors, McGregor has been 46-47 with a 4.43 ERA in 169 appearances, 116 of them starts.

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