Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop, who is feeling the vacancy of main catcher Eui-ji Yang, hoped that backup catchers would work hard.
Director Lee said, “Yang Eui-ji is an irreplaceable player and the best catcher in Korea,” ahead of the match against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League at Jamsil Stadium on the 17th. There must be a third plan, but it’s actually unfortunate that the backup catchers still can’t support it.”
Yang Eui-ji has not been able to play since the 6th due to left flank pain, and was eventually excluded from the first team entry on the 8th.
Amid Yang Eui-ji’s absence, Doosan is reeling from a four-game losing streak recently. Doosan, which is currently recording 49 wins, 1 draw and 49 losses, drops its win rate below 50% if it loses that day. Even the 6th place KIA Tigers were already chased by half a game.
Doosan, who lost 0-1 to KT on the 15th, surrendered 4 points after two outs in the top of the 2nd inning in the game the previous day, and eventually lost 2-5 without being able to overcome it.
Coach Lee said, “It was regrettable that I gave 4 runs after two outs in the second inning in yesterday’s game. It’s good if you have income. Catchers are studying, and I hope they make fewer mistakes because they feel a lot.”스포츠토토
Yang Eui-ji plans to estimate the time of return after undergoing a detailed examination on the 18th.
Director Lee said, “First of all, Yang Eui-ji warmed up lightly today. If no major abnormalities are found in the test results tomorrow, I would like to join immediately, but Yang Eui-ji has not played for more than 10 days, so I have to talk to him.” After tomorrow’s test results come out, we’ll talk about it and decide when to return.”
Ending a losing streak is an urgent priority for Doosan to keep its 5th place, which is the bottom line of fall baseball. Doosan tries to break out of losing streak with foreign pitcher Brandon Waddell at the fore.
When asked, “Brandon’s shoulders must be heavy,” coach Lee said, “(Catcher) Jang Seung-hyun’s shoulders must be heavier. As the catcher’s role is important, he must do well.” I want you to be aware of the ball combination you made a mistake by referring to the game.”