“It will be much more helpful to the team.”
KIA Tigers coach Kim Jong-guk explained the change in the first team entry ahead of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ kt Wiz match to be held at Suwon kt Wiz Park on the 8th.
The KIA sent pitcher Kim Jae-yeol and infielder Hwang Dae-in to the Futures League that day. The vacancy was filled by pitcher Eui-ri Lee and infielder Kim Seon-bin.
On the 7th, Hwang Dae-in felt pain during a base run against kt in Suwon, and as a result of a hospital examination, he was diagnosed with a partial rupture in his right hamstring and was forced to leave for 4 to 6 weeks. Hwang Dae-in showed a good hitting feeling with a batting average of 0.444 (8 hits in 18 bats) this month.안전놀이터
Coach Kim said, “(The performance) was good, but it’s a pity. The players were also very motivated to work hard… You have to be most careful about injuries. I hope you will prepare again and come back well.”
Captain Kim Sun-bin was called up for the vacant position. Kim Sun-bin suffered a thumb fracture in the match against the NC Dinos in Gwangju on the 17th of last month and was absent for about three weeks. Afterwards, he joined the team ahead of the game and immediately started as the 7th hitter and second baseman.
Coach Kim expressed his anticipation, saying, “It will be much more helpful. I have a lot of experience in infield defense, so I think I can change (infield) stably.”
Eui-ri Lee (6-5, 68 innings, 4.10 ERA), who will be on the starting mound that day, will take a full rest for 10 days after being excluded from the entry, and then step on the mound for the first team again. Last month’s monthly performance was 2 wins, 2 losses, 23⅔ innings, and the average ERA was 6.46, and in 5 appearances, a quality start (less than 3 ERA in 6 starting innings) was only once.
Coach Kim said, “I always expect good pitches. I think the player himself will feel a sense of responsibility when the team is in a difficult situation (from the first team entry). I hope he pitches well.”
Lim Ki-young and Choi Ji-min, who are currently engaged in two consecutive fights, will take a break on this day. Manager Kim said, “It’s a bit difficult to play. I’m tired because I threw for two days.”
KIA 8th Starting Lineup
Choi Won-joon (1st baseman) – Kim Do-yeong (3rd baseman) – Na Seong-beom (DH) – Choi Hyung-woo (left fielder) – Lee Woo-seong (right fielder) – Socrates Brito (center fielder) – Kim Sun-bin (2nd baseman) – Kim Tae-gun ( catcher)-Park Chan-ho (shortstop), starting pitcher Eui-ri Lee