‘Side injury’ Yang Ji won’t be able to substitute in the starting lineup “Hospital check-up scheduled for tomorrow”
The Doosan Bears have an emergency. The Bears’ star catcher, Yang Ji-won, who is considered half the team’s strength, has suffered a side injury. He is out of the starting lineup for the game, and it is difficult to find a substitute. A hospital checkup is also scheduled.
Doosan will play against the KT WIZ in Jamsil on August 6. Doosan, which ended its losing streak with a 7-4 victory over KT on Aug. 5, is back in third place in the league with 47 wins, one draw and 43 losses on the season.
On that day, Doosan will face KT starter Ko Young-pyo with a starting batting order of Jung Soo-bin (center field), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Jose Rojas (right field), Kim Jae-hwan (left field), Kim In-tae (designated hitter), Yang Seok-hwan (first base), Kang Seung-ho (second base), Jang Seung-hyun (catcher), and Heo Kyung-min (third base).
On Sunday, Doosan removed Yang from the starting lineup due to a side injury. Yang has played in 87 games this season, batting .323 with 94 hits, nine home runs, and 44 RBIs in the team’s center field lineup. Yang’s absence is made all the more painful by the fact that he also leads the team on the mound while wearing a catcher’s mask.
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop met with the media before the game on June 6 and said, “Yang-ji dropped out of the starting lineup due to side pain. It seems that he felt uncomfortable in the swinging process at the plate the day before, along with the after-effects of tonsillitis. I don’t think it will be difficult for him to play as a substitute today, and he will go to the hospital for a checkup tomorrow (July 7).”
With Yang Ji out, the performance of Kim Jae-hwan, who returned to the No. 4 spot, became important. Lee said, “Every baseball player knows how hard he works. I’m the one who’s frustrated because I’m not getting results. You can’t get better by shutting up. It’s better to sit back and watch from the sidelines. It’s just that (Yang) has lost his will, so it’s up to Jae-hwan to take over from today,” he said, hoping for a rebound.
Kim In-tae, who returned to the first team after a long rehabilitation from a dislocated shoulder, will also make his first start. After being activated from the first team on Aug. 4, Kim showed his health by coming in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning and hitting a single to center field.
Lee said, “We wanted to put more left-handed hitters in the lineup considering the opponent’s starter is underhanded. It’s his first start in a while, so we’ll see how he handles the game. He’s a good reader of the game, so I’m looking forward to that. He played few defensive innings in the Future Team, so we plan to increase his defensive appearances from the second half of the game.”
Meanwhile, Doosan registered pitcher Kim Min-kyu and outfielder Song Seung-hwan before the sixth game. Kim made one appearance for the first team before being sent down to the Future Team in mid-June after being discharged from the Sangmu Baseball Organization. In his most recent appearance, on August 1 against the Goyang Heroes, Kim allowed one run on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings. Song Seung-hwan, who was on the first team on Aug. 2, was sent back down to the second team after going 0-for-2 in the fourth game.메이저사이트
Lee said, “There was an aftermath from the previous day’s (6th) game where we had to use Kim Myung-shin and Hong Gun-hee due to four runs in the late innings, so I called up Kim Min-kyu to the first team today. We were short one pitcher on the roster, and Kim Myung-shin had to rest today. Without Lee Young-ha, we needed a strong young pitcher to help us catch up in the chase. Kim Min-kyu was originally scheduled to continue digesting the starting rotation in the second team, but due to the team’s situation, he has to play swingman.”