The KIA Tigers sighed at the news of the ‘simple bruise’ of third baseman Kim Do-young (20).
KIA announced the starting lineup ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League regular season away game to be held at Changwon NC Park in Gyeongnam on the 26th.카지노사이트
Choi Won-jun (1st baseman) – Kim Do-young (3rd baseman) – Na Seong-beom (right fielder) – Choi Hyung-woo (left fielder) – Socrates Brito (center fielder) – Kim Sun-bin (2nd baseman) – Ko Jong-wook (designated hitter) – Kim Tae-gun (catcher) – Park Chan-ho (shortstop) ), and Mario Sanchez is on the mound.
The NCs facing the KIA are Son Ah-seop (right fielder) – Park Min-woo (2nd baseman) – Park Gun-woo (designated hitter) – Jason Martin (center fielder) – Kwon Hee-dong (left fielder) – Do Tae-hoon (3rd baseman) – Yoon Hyung-joon (1st baseman) – Park Se-hyeok (catcher) )-Kim Joo-won (shortstop) formed the batting line. Song Myeong-gi was selected.
In the lineup of both teams, the return of Kim Do-young, who left the previous day (25th) due to a dizzying injury, was the most noticeable. On the 25th, against Changwon NC, KIA faced NC finisher Lee Yong-chan in a two-out situation with no runners in the top of the 9th inning with KIA trailing 3-5. Kim Do-young persistently kicked Lee Yong-chan’s ball in 0B2S, and the confrontation reached the eighth pitch. Kim Do-young kicked Lee Yong-chan’s 132km/h forkball that was falling towards him, and the ball hit Kim Do-young’s left foot and became a foul. As soon as he was hit, Doyoung Kim rolled over with his feet covered, complaining of pain, and eventually walked out of the stadium on his own feet. Afterwards, Byun Woo-hyuk entered as a pinch hitter and struck out on a swing, and the game ended with KIA losing 3-5, but fans’ eyes turned to Kim Do-young.
Considering the past injury history of Kim Do-young, who has just entered his second year as a pro, it was natural for fans to worry. Kim Do-young, who graduated from Gwangju Daeseong Elementary School – Gwangju Dongseong Middle School – Gwangju Dongseong High School, rejected the strong love call from the major leagues and chose KBO and joined the KIA as the first nomination for the 2022 rookie draft. He was a promising 5-tool player who came out of Gwangju after a long time, with fast feet befitting the nickname of the second Lee Jong-beom, fierce bat speed, an exit speed of up to 170km per hour from body rotation, excellent contact ability and long hitting power, and a strong shoulder.
However, the super rookie everyone expected had a hard time showing his skills due to an unexpected injury. Last year, due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) during the spring camp, he entered the regular season without proper training and eventually suffered from extreme sluggishness for a month in April. In the second half of the year, he showed signs of adapting to the first team stage, and in this year’s US spring camp, he trained normally and received greater expectations internally.
The joy of being the starting third baseman with a batting average of 0.295 and an OPS of 0.831 in the exhibition game was short-lived. He was expected to be out in the first half, but with Na Seong-beom (34), he kept away from anything bad for his body and focused only on rehabilitation, and on the 23rd of last month, he was able to return to the first team faster than expected. After his return, Kim Do-young shook his head, leaving his impressions of rehabilitation on Star News, saying, “It was really difficult, so I automatically thought that I shouldn’t get hurt in the future.”
Since KIA knew the process, I had no choice but to pay close attention to the diagnosis of this injury. Fortunately, however, as he returned to the starting lineup right away, this incident ended with a small incident proving that the super rookie has grown into an indispensable being in just one year. A KIA official said, “The results came out last night. After the injury, I went to the hospital and the examination result was a simple bruise.”
If Kim Do-young had suffered a long-term injury again, it would have been a dizzying situation for the KIA, which also sent Ryu Ji-hyuk (29, Samsung Lions) as a trade. This is because Kim Do-young, after returning on June 23, showed a league-leading performance with a batting average of 0.309, 2 homers, 7 RBIs, 10 runs scored, 6 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of 0.342, a slugging percentage of 0.500, and an OPS of 0.842. In terms of OPS during the same period, he is second in the team following Na Seong-beom and 17th in the entire league. He is also perfect as a table setter, so after returning, he is stirring up the opponent’s infield with Kim Hye-seong (24, Kiwoom Heroes) tied for first place in stolen bases.
Choi Hyeong-woo (40), who made a backup remark to relieve the burden of a younger junior, also boasted with confidence to Kim Do-young, who showed his expected performance. Choi Hyeong-woo, whom we met at the All-Star game, praised him, saying, “It was only a remark made by (Kim) Do-young because he felt like a backup until last year. If he continues like now, he is more than helpful and is a key player in our team. Being a starting pitcher is not a problem, he is a superstar.” erected