NC Dinos send pitcher Adam Wilk home for rehab
SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Yonhap) -- The NC Dinos in the top domestic baseball league announced Tuesday they have sent their pitcher Adam Wilk home to the United States to rehab his injured shoulder.
"After our meeting, we decided it would be better for him to go through rehab in the United States," the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said in a press release. "We will play the rest of the season without him."
Wilk, a 25-year-old left-hander, joined the expansion club as one of three foreign starters in the rotation, alongside Charlie Shirek and Eric Hacker. The only southpaw among the three, Wilk was the Opening Day starter for the first-year KBO club.
Wilk, however, has been the least productive of the bunch this season. He's gone 4-8 with a 4.12 ERA in 91 2/3 innings, fewer than Shirek and Hacker. Wilk has also bounced between the KBO and the Futures League, the KBO's equivalent of the minor league.
The deadline for KBO teams to place their foreign players on waiver fell on July 24. Though the Dinos ostensibly said they sent Wilk to treat his shoulder, it appears unlikely they will bring him back in the future.
Wilk got into some hot water over a recent tweet, which read, "Empowering someone who doesn't deserve the power is the root of all evil. I will be very glad when all this ... is over!"
He posted the message on Aug. 17, hours after he took the loss in a start against the Lotte Giants. He was demoted to the minors the next day. Fans believed Wilk directed his words at the Dinos' management for their decision to send him down to the Futures League for the third time.
In the aftermath, the Dinos said their general manager, Bae Seok-hyun, had a meeting with Wilk and that the player insisted he didn't aim his comment at the team.
Wilk had appeared in eight games in the two previous seasons with the Detroit Tigers, going 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA in 24 1/3 innings.
KBO teams are afforded two foreign players each, but the Dinos are permitted to carry up to three foreign players in their first two KBO seasons, as a special benefit granted to the newcomers.
After a slow start, the Dinos have been one of the KBO's best teams since the All-Star break, with a 14-11-1 record. They're currently 42-56-4, and have gone 39-39-3 since April 30.