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(LEAD) S. Korea to compete at World Baseball Classic without pitcher pool

All Headlines 13:56 February 09, 2017

(ATTN: CHANGES headline; UPDATES throughout with manager's comments)

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will not utilize the new "designated pitcher pool" for the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC) as initially reported, saying the tournament organizer had erroneously posted the list earlier in the day.

South Korea manager Kim In-sik said he hadn't named any players to the pool, which was created for this year's tournament to give teams extra arms in contingencies.

Earlier Thursday, the tournament organizers said eight South Korean pitchers were placed in the pool.

"My hope is to play the entire tournament with our 28-man roster (and not have to make changes)," Kim said. "Considering the team morale, I decided it was best not to create the pool."

South Korea's 28-man final roster includes 13 pitchers, eight of them right-handers.

The KBO said it had never submitted the list of pitchers for the designated pool, and it'd asked the WBC organizers to correct the error.

For teams to reach into that pool, they must include up to two pitchers from the pool in their final roster. After each round, any pitcher from an advancing team's designated pitcher pool may be replaced on the final roster with another pitcher from the pool. Once the pitcher is removed from the final roster, he may not be added back to the team.

The WBC will impose pitch-count limits to protect the hurlers, since the tournament is held before the start of professional seasons in places like South Korea, Japan and the United States.

Pitchers may not throw more than 65 pitches in a game in the first round, 80 pitches in a game in the second round, and 95 pitches in the semifinals and the final.

Also, a pitcher must rest for at least four days if he throws 50 or more pitches, and for a minimum of one day if he tosses at least 30 pitches. Those who take the mound on back-to-back days have to sit out at least one day.

South Korea will be hosting first round action for Pool A at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. It will open the tournament against Israel on March 6, and face the Netherlands on March 7 and finally Chinese Taipei on March 9.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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