It’s a Monday without baseball. Ten players have been removed from the active roster. Several of these players were likely removed from the roster to make room for retirements.
On the 12th, 14 players were retired from the Korea Baseball Organization. Kim Chan-hyung (SSG Landers), Lee Sang-young (LG Twins), Son Sung-bin (Lotte Giants), Choi Jung-won and Bae Min-seo (NC Dinos), Choi Won-joon (KIA Tigers), Kim Min-kyu (Doosan Bears), Choi Chae-heung, Choi Ji-gwang, and Kim Do-hwan (Samsung Lions), and Oh Dong-wook, Bae Dong-hyun, Cho Han-min, and Choi In-ho (Hanwha Eagles).
Several of them are expected to join the first team immediately. The most prominent is Choi Won-jun. Choi was named to the Korean national team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. In 30 games in the Futures League this season, Choi hit .219 with 23 doubles, one home run, 10 RBI, 22 runs scored, six stolen bases, and a .702 OPS.
“Won-jun will join the first team right away,” manager Kim Jong-kook said on the 9th, “He is basically an outfielder, but he also played third base and first base. Because of his versatility, he can play first base or outfield defense depending on the team’s situation.” On the 12th, KIA released infielder Hong Jong-pyo.
Two starting pitchers are also expected to make first-team appearances. Choi Chae-heung will start against LG in Jamsil on the 13th. Outfielder Kim Sang-min was removed from the first team roster.
Lee Sang-young will take the mound against Samsung on the 14th. In nine appearances this season, he has performed well, going 8-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 15 runs (15 earned) in 51 1/3 innings.
LG removed pitcher Chae Ji-seon from the first team. Hanwha removed Jang Min-jae from the first team after the Euro results. Jang Min-jae started two games in June and struggled, going 1-4 with eight runs (four earned), eight hits, two home runs, three walks, and two strikeouts for an 8.31 ERA.안전놀이터
In SSG, Kim Sung-hyun and Ha Jae-hoon were removed from the first team roster. Both were injured. An SSG representative said, “Kim Sung-hyun experienced pain during batting practice on the 10th. A medical examination on the 12th revealed a micro-injury to the intercostal muscle, so it will take about two weeks to return.” “Ha Jae-hoon felt pain in his left thumb during the stealing process in the 6th inning against Changwon NC on the 11th. As a result of the examination, he was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture. Details such as the duration will be determined after a second examination.”
Doosan expunged Kim Myung-shin and Song Seung-hwan, and NC expunged Park Young-bin.