“I haven’t thought about it.”
NC coach Kang In-kwon, whose expression was dark due to the constant injury, burst into tears.
Prior to the away match against Lotte held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 23rd, Kang continued (?) to brief the injured. Taylor Widener, who was recovering from back pain, found comfort in starting actual pitching. Kim Jin-ho, who played an active role in the bullpen, was excluded from the first team entry due to a right shoulder rotator cuff injury. Gu Chang-mo was also excluded, but explained, “It is not an injury, it is a protection measure.”
Director Kang said, “Koo Chang-mo complained of pain after 11 appearances last year. This year, we set the standard for 8 games. While taking a break, he will also check his physical condition and then plan to find out when to return to the first team,” he said.
What is the first impression of Hae-seong Kuk, who has become a new member of the Lotte manager Larry Sutton?
Head coach Larry Sutton gave his first impression of the newly recruited Kuk Hae-seong the day before (22nd) ahead of the match against the NC Dinos at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 23rd.
Lotte announced the recruitment of Kuk Hae-seong through a press release the day before. Kuk Hae-seong was put to the test at Sajik Stadium during the SSG 3 series last weekend, and immediately signed the contract and became a Lotte man.
Kuk Hae-seong, who joined Doosan as a training player in 2008, was expected to be a switch hitter with long hitting power, but he could not blossom due to an injury. In 214 games with the first team, he recorded a batting average of .238 (99 hits in 416 bats), 11 homers, 66 RBIs, and an OPS of .688. However, he applied for Futures free agency after the 2021 season, but he could not find a team to belong to. In the end, he became a lost child, and after that, he continued his dream of extending his active career with Seongnam Magpies, an independent baseball team.
As soon as he signed a contract with Lotte, Kuk Hae-seong, who had no problems playing in real matches, started as the first left fielder in the Futures League game on the 23rd, and was replaced after recording no hits in 3 at-bats.
Director Larry Sutton is still unfamiliar with Kuk Hae-seong. Still, his first impression was strong. He said, “I don’t know much about Kook Hae-seong, but when I saw him swing, he was a player with a short and powerful swing.” He is a player who has worked hard and I saw him training hard,” he explained his first impression.
Currently, Lotte has a very thin outfield player base. Kim Min-seok, Yoon Dong-hee, Ahn Kwon-soo, and Shin Yun-hu are in the first-team roster, but Hwang Seong-bin, the main player, has an ankle ligament injury, and foreign hitter Jack Rex has left due to a minor knee injury. In addition, Kwon Soo also needs management due to elbow pain. Hwang Seong-bin’s return was imminent, but a first-class beast was needed. 스포츠토토
Head coach Sutton welcomed the signing of Kook Hae-seong, saying, “It is clear that the depth of the first team has increased with the addition of Hae-seong Kuk. There are many players with minor injuries. I’m thinking about the batting order,” he explained.