SSG Landers veteran outfielder Choo Shin-soo will focus on his recovery in the second team for the time being.
SSG head coach Kim Won-hyung explained Choo’s current situation ahead of the team’s fourth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League season against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Saturday.
Shin-soo Choo has struggled mightily this season, batting .202 with 25 hits in 124 at-bats over 37 games with three home runs and six RBIs. On top of that, he complained of right ankle pain during a home game against the Hanwha Eagles on Dec. 12, and hasn’t been in perfect form since.
In the end, manager Kim Won-hyung decided to give Choo Shin-soo some time in a meeting. He will be removed from the roster before the game on the 27th.
Coach Kim Won-hyung said, “He needs time to recover, and that’s what I decided. I couldn’t take him off the roster today, but he will fully recover from his ankle injury in the second team and train and play.” “It’s hard for him to ask for that. It’s not easy to ask that of yourself. The player himself said he needed some time to regroup.” Shin-soo Choo’s spot will be filled by infielder Choi Jun-woo, who will be called up at an undetermined time.
Another veteran outfielder, Kim Kang-min, also doesn’t know when he will be called up to the first team. Kim said, “There is no special report 토토사이트(from the second team) right now. It’s not like I played a game, but I’m still doing recovery training,” Kim said.
SSG’s lineup is Choi Ji-hoon (center field), Park Sung-hwan (shortstop), Choi Jeong (third base), Guillermo Heredia (designated hitter), Choi Ju-hwan (second base), Han Yu-seom (right field), Ha Jae-hoon (left field), Jeon Jeonsan (first base), and Kim Min-sik (catcher). The starting pitcher is Park Jong-hoon. Heredia will be the designated hitter and Ha Jae-hoon will play defense.
Kang Jin-sung will be on the bench as he was the day before.
“In the case of Kang Jin-sung, he has always been a player with good contact and punching power when watching from the other team,” said Kim Won-hyung. “He didn’t get a spot because his former team was well organized, but I can’t say that he is a starter right now, but I think he has the ability to play in the middle of the game and start if he feels good hitting.” Kim expressed his expectations.