The KIA Tigers, who seemed to be nearing completion, will be without their starting first baseman.

KIA will play an away game against the KT Wiz of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on April 8. Lee Yi-ri, who was expunged from the roster after the Gwangju Kiwoom Heroes game on March 27, will make his first start in 11 days after taking time to recuperate.

Ahead of the game, KIA made changes to its first-team roster. Infielder Kim Sun-bin and pitcher Lee Yi-ri were added to the first team, while pitcher Kim Jae-yeol and infielder Hwang Dae-in were sent down to the second team.

The most notable name is Kim Sun-bin. Kim was diagnosed with a fractured right thumb after being hit in the hand by a Jason Martin pitch on March 17 against the Gwangju NC Dinos. After focusing on his recovery for a while, his condition improved and he started playing in the Futures League on March 30 against Hampyeong KT. In four games, he went 5-for-12 with a .417 batting average.먹튀검증

KIA manager Kim Jong-kook said, “It will be much more helpful. He will be able to stabilize the infield because he has a lot of experience,” said Kim Jong-kook, “Everything (offense, baserunning, etc.) is 100%.” Kim’s physical condition was reported.

However, along with Kim’s return, Hwang Dae-in, the main first baseman, was sidelined with an injury. Hwang Dae-in felt something wrong while playing first base against KT on the 7th, and after an MRI examination, he was told that he needed 4-6 weeks to return due to a partial tear in his right hamstring.

“It was good, but it’s a shame. “He showed a lot of motivation to play, so I hope he can prepare well and come back,” Jongguk said, wishing Hwang a speedy recovery. For the time being, Choi Won-jun will start at first base, with Lee Woo-seong, Lee Chang-jin, Socrates Brito, Choi Hyung-woo, and Na Sung-beom filling out the outfield.

Kim Jae-yeol, who pitched four innings of two-run ball in relief of Kim Gun-guk the day before, was dropped from the first team roster. The game on July 7 will be his last appearance of the first half. “He has a slight injury in his calf, and I don’t think it will be easy for him to (pitch) in the rotation until the last game of the first half, so I took him out,” said manager Kim Jong-guk. “I will continue to prepare him as a starter in the Futures, and I think he should always be ready for long innings.”

KIA’s lineup was Choi Won-jun (first base), Kim Do-young (third base), Na Sung-beom (designated hitter), Choi Hyung-woo (left field), Lee Woo-sung (right field), Socrates (center field), Kim Sun-bin (second base), Kim Tae-gun (catcher), and Park Chan-ho (shortstop). Choi Hyung-woo will play defense, and Na Sung-beom will start as the designated hitter for health reasons.

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