“Just having Yang Ji on the bench helps. I think we can play with a different atmosphere.”

Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop welcomed the return of Yang-ji in an interview before the team’s game against the Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on April 22.

Doosan removed Park Ji-hoon and Ahn Jae-seok (who were designated for assignment on Nov. 21) from the first-team roster and added Yang and Kim Tae-geun to the roster. Yang, who is batting .291 (94-for-291) with nine homers, 44 RBIs and a .906 OPS in 87 games this season, hasn’t played since May 5 against KT due to a side injury. He was eventually placed on the disabled list on April 8 and was removed from the first team roster on April 18.

Manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “I don’t think Yang-ji will be able to start in this series. He hasn’t played a game since his injury, so he needs to focus on improving his game feeling. Also, he’ll be playing as a pinch-hitter today because his injury is a cautious area. I’m not going to play defense,” he explained.

“When I saw him hit (in batting practice), he wasn’t 100 percent yet,” said Lee Seung-yeop, “so I have to be cautious. It’s a really sensitive area, so I’m sure he has some anxiety as well. So in this three-game series, I’m going to try not to strain him as much as possible and focus on his game sense.” “Just having Yang Ji on the bench helps. I think we’ll be able to play with a different atmosphere,” he said, looking forward to Yang Ji’s return.

Doosan’s starting lineup was Cho Sun-soo (center field), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Jose Rojas (left field), Yang Seok-hwan (first base), Kim Jae-hwan (designated hitter), Kim In-tae (right field), Kang Seung-ho (second base), Jang Seung-hyun (catcher), and Heo Kyung-min (third base). The starting pitcher is Raul Alcantara.메이저사이트

Manager Lee Seung-yeop, who said he would adjust the starting rotation over the weekend, said, “Alcantara today, Brandon tomorrow, and Kim Dong-joo the day after. However, on the weekend, Kwak-Bin will go out first, followed by Kim Min-kyu. If Kim Dong-joo and Kim Min-kyu are together, we’ll have 4-5 starters, so I adjusted the order to keep them apart. Kwak-Bin threw only 71 pitches in his last start. I asked him if he could pitch after four days of rest, and he said yes.”

Park Chi-guk and Kim Myung-shin will be rested for the game. Manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Kim Myung-shin and Park Chi-guk pitched well in the last two games, but their pitch counts were a little high. We’ll use them as little as possible today. We have Hong Gun-hee in the bullpen and Kim Kang-ryul is in good shape, so I’ll use him if the situation calls for it.”

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