Correspondent Byunghyuk Cheon = Korean National Baseball Team coach Lee Kang-cheol, who had his first official training in the field ahead of the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), prepared for the vacancy of Jeong Choi (SSG Landers), who had not been in good shape recently, with Plan B. has revealed
After completing the first training session at Maishima Buffalo Stadium, the second-team stadium of the Orix Buffaloes in Osaka, Japan on the 5th, head coach Lee Kang-cheol said, “If Choi Jeong-eui is not in good shape, Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) will be third baseman and Oh Ji-hwan (LG Twins) will be the third baseman. “I’m thinking about joining as a shortstop,” he said.
Choi Jeong-eun, the main third baseman of the national team, lost his physical condition while traveling long distances by bus and plane for 35 hours due to an aircraft defect in the process of returning home after completing training for the national team in Tucson, Arizona.
Choi Jeong-eun, who complained of pain here and there, missed the practice game against SSG Landers held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 3rd, and the national team had outfielder Park Kun-woo (NC Dinos) take over as third base defense.
Fortunately, Choi Jeong-eun is said to have improved a lot after arriving in Osaka, Japan.
Choi Jeong-eun performed normally at Buffalo Stadium that day, from third base defense training to batting practice. 메이저놀이터
Coach Lee Gang-cheol said, “Currently Choi Jeong-eun (in physical condition) is fine, but the important thing is the 9th (first match against Australia).”
He also revealed, “If Choi Jeong’s physical condition is not good, Kim Ha-seong can take third base instead of shortstop, and Oh Ji-hwan can play shortstop.”
Coach Lee Kang-chul will use So-jun So (kt wiz) as a starting pitcher in a practice game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on the 6th.
Coach Lee said, “I will make Hyung-Jun So throw at least two innings, and I will operate the rest of the pitchers as if they were in actual combat.”
In addition, coach Lee said, “It is expected that good pitchers will come out in the practice game against Japanese teams, so it will be an opportunity for batters to check their batting.” will,” he foresaw.
He also announced the policy ahead of the practice game, saying, “Pitchers will prepare for the tournament by applying the ability to adapt in the indoor dome and the rule of dealing with at least three batters as in real matches.”