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Nat'l baseball coach grateful for complete health after mini training camp

All Headlines 22:11 February 10, 2017

INCHEON, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean national baseball pitching coach Sun Dong-yol said Friday he was grateful that no one came away injured after a mini training camp.

South Korea is gearing up for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which opens on March 6 at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. From its 28-man roster, eight players -- five pitchers, one catcher, two infielders and one outfielder -- set up their separate, early training camp in Guam late last month. The full squad training camp will open in Okinawa, Japan, on Sunday.

Sun had been one of three coaches working with the players for 10 days there. And the biggest takeaway from the camp was the full health of the players, Sun said.

"We made some great progress, but mostly, I am glad no one was hurt," Sun told reporters at Incheon International Airport. "The players all showed up in great shape. All but one pitcher threw two bullpen sessions each."

South Korea has had to scramble to put together its 28-man team because of injuries to several key players. It could ill afford more injuries with the tournament less than a month away.

Sun said his group of players spent the majority of their time doing conditioning drills, and they'll still have enough time to put in baseball training with the rest of the team in Japan.

South Korea will host the first round action for Pool A. 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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