34-year-old KIA Ahn Bang-manim out of the starting lineup, will it make a difference…”Left ankle sprain”

The KIA Tigers have removed Kim Tae-gun from the starting lineup.

KIA will play its 15th game of the season against the Doosan Bears at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on April 18.

On the day, the KIA lineup was Choi Won-jun (center field), Kim Do-young (third base), Na Sung-beom (right field), Choi Hyung-woo (designated hitter), Kim Sun-bin (second base), Socrates (left field), Byun Woo-hyuk (first base), Han Jun-soo (catcher), and Kim Kyu-sung (shortstop).

Kim Do-young, who had been batting leadoff for the previous three games, returned to bat second and third. Kim’s return to third base adds stability to the infield defense, and as he had gone hitless in three consecutive games as the leadoff hitter (12 hits, no walks, and one strikeout), it is significant that he is turning a corner in his batting slump.안전놀이터

Kia manager Kim Jong-kook said, “I saw Kim Do-young play shortstop in high school, but I only saw him play third base in the pros. “I’ll leave shortstop to Kim Kyu-sung, who has a lot of experience in the pros, and leave third base to Kim Do-young,” he said, explaining that the two may be a bit different in terms of batting quality and defense range.

Han Jun-soo replaced Kim Tae-gun as the starting catcher. “Kim Tae-gun has a left ankle sprain and is resting after not playing in the game,” the KIA team said.

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