KIA, Na Sung-Beom back, Kim Sun-Bin out…When will it be complete?

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Just when you think you’ve gotten a break, there’s more bad news.

The KIA Tigers have been haunted by a nasty injury bug. Kim “Captain” Sun-bin (34) is out for the first half of the season with a fractured right thumb. Kim was hit hard by a Jason Martin pitch against the Gwangju NC Dinos on April 17, and was diagnosed with a fracture the next day at the club’s designated hospital. A second examination in Seoul on the 19th revealed the same result.

The KIA Tigers have not played a game this season at 100 percent strength. Just before the start of the season, key hitter Na Sung-beom (34), who returned from the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), was sidelined with a calf muscle injury. Within the first two games, infielder Kim Do-young (20) was placed on the disabled list with a fractured skull during a home sweep. The team was far from complete as more injuries, big and small, followed. After more than two months of rehabilitation, Kim Do-young was recently declared cured, and there were high hopes for a power synergy. Under these circumstances, the departure of Kim Sun-bin, who not only protects the center line with Park Chan-ho but also serves as the captain, is bound to come as a big blow.

Na Sung-beom and Kim Do-young will be called up to the first team after an adjustment period in the Futures (second team) league. However, there is a catch. “Na Seong-beom’s call-up may be delayed depending on his physical condition, but Kim Do-young needs to be watched more closely as he needs to work on his positional play,” said KIA manager Kim Jong-guk, after seeing the results of both players’ Futures League performances. While Na has plenty of experience as a center fielder and corner outfielder, and if he regains his batting touch, he shouldn’t have any trouble making the first team, the second-year pro Kim Do-young is coming off a long layoff and is still far from perfect at the shortstop and third base positions, so his call-up will be based on how he performs at those positions.토토사이트

Kim Kyu-sung (26) and Choi Jung-yong (27) are expected to take turns at the second base spot vacated by Kim Sun-bin. Kim, who has been on the first team since the opening day roster, is batting 2-for-1 (13-for-62) with one home run, five RBIs, and a .596 OPS in 47 games. He has spent most of his time as a leadoff hitter and defender, but after last season, he spent time with the Geelong Korea of the Australian Baseball Organization, where he showed improvement. Like Kim, Choi is a big bat and a big defender, so he’s expected to be Kim’s backup for the foreseeable future.

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