As tired Choi Won-jun defense falters, AVG .381 Hwang Dae-in called up to “bolster first base defense and batting”

KIA Tigers infielder Hwang Dae-in is back in the lineup.

Manager Kim Jong-kook added Hwang Dae-in to the first team roster ahead of Tuesday’s game against the LG Twins at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field. Choi Won-jun, the starting first baseman, will play in the outfield.

Hwang was placed on the disabled list on July 8 with a partial tear in his right hamstring. After undergoing treatment and rehabilitation, he was transferred to the Futures team on July 28. He appeared in eight games, going 8-for-21 with a home run, three doubles, and eight RBIs.

When first baseman Choi Won-jun struggled to catch hard line drives against the LG Twins on Aug. 8 and 9, the team called up Hwang Dae-in to reinforce the first baseman.

Manager Kim Jong-kook said, “It’s to reinforce first base defense and batting. In the future, we will utilize Won Jun-i as a first baseman and outfielder. He has played only as an outfielder for two or three years. There was no awkwardness, no lack of food work and handling of the balls, but he did a good job. He will get better as he continues to train and play.”

Hwang was sent down to the Futures team in late May due to a severe batting slump and took nearly a month to adjust. He returned in July to revitalize the offense, going 8-for-18 (.444) with four RBIs in five games, but was sidelined again with a hamstring injury.

The bottom of the order has been shaken up by the loss of Kim Sun-bin to a hamstring injury. If Hwang Dae-in can improve his performance in the outfield, it will be a big boost for the team in the standings.

Infielder Choi Jeong-yong was also called up. Pitcher Yoon Jung-hyun and outfielder Kim Ho-ryung were designated for assignment.

The starting lineup also changed. Kim Do-young (third base), Park Chan-ho (shortstop), Na Sung-beom (right field), Choi Hyung-woo (left field), Socrates (center field), Ko Jong-wook (designated hitter), Hwang Dae-in (first base), Han Jun-soo (catcher), and Kim Kyu-sung (second base).토토사이트

Coach Kim said, “Choi Won-jun is a little tired from playing so much. He will be waiting until later today to manage his stamina.”

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