LG’s Seo Gun-chang and Dusan Lee return to the first team
Starting Sept. 1, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) will expand its first-team roster from 28 to 33 players per team.
The expansion opens the way for LG Twins infielder Seo Gun-chang, who was demoted to the second team on May 19, to return to the first team.
“Infielders Seo Gun-chang and Kim Joo-sung, catcher Kim Ki-yeon, right-handed pitcher Oh Seok-joo, and left-handed pitcher Lee Woo-chan will be added to the first team roster,” LG manager Yeom Kyung-yup said on May 31.
Lee, who was sent down to the second team on Sept. 23, will return to the first team on Sept. 2 due to the rule that players cannot rejoin the first team for at least 10 days after being designated for assignment.
The most prominent name is Seo Gun-chang.
Seo played with Yeom Kyung-yup as a player and manager with the Heroes from 2013 to 2016.
Seo’s “prime” years to date were in 2014, when he became the first player in the KBO to surpass 200 hits (201) and won the regular season Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
Seo was traded to LG in 2021, and Yoon Kyung-yeop was named LG manager last October.
After falling into a slump after his move to LG, Seo waived his free agency rights after the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
The reunion with Yeom didn’t spur him on.
Seo has struggled this season, batting just .207 (18-for-87) in 31 games with the first team.
With Shin Min-jae, Kim Min-sung, and Jeong Ju-hyun, the LG first team currently has three second baseman options, making it difficult for Seo to get a starting spot.
However, Yeom hopes that Seo’s “experience” can help him make a comeback.
The Doosan Bears will add right-handed pitchers Lee Hyung-beom and Kim Jung-woo, infielder Lee Yoo-chan, and outfielder Park Ji-hoon to the first team on September 1.
Right-hander Park Shin-ji will return to the first team on Sept. 3 with a start against the Lotte Giants.
Lee Yoo-chan, who was first picked to be Doosan’s starting shortstop this season but gradually lost his footing and was sent down to the second team on Aug. 10, will return to the first team after 22 days. 안전카지노사이트