If Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-yeong return from injury, will KIA become stronger than they are now? Choi Hyeong-woo (40), a KIA solver, nodded his head to Na Seong-beom’s return, but threw a question mark toward Kim Do-young. 

Na Seong-beom, who attended the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic), is undergoing long-term rehabilitation after injuring his left calf ahead of the season opening. According to the results of the recent hospital re-examination, it is expected that he will return to the first team at the end of June. After rehabilitation training, he plans to return to the first team after playing in the Futures League. 

Kim Do-young, who was called the second Lee Jong-beom last year and was nominated for the first time in the KIA, fractured his left little toe while running base in the SSG game on April 2nd. In the case of Kim Do-young, at the end of last month, he received a finding that his fractured part was about 90% attached, and he is spurring rehabilitation. After raising the pace with running and technical training, it is expected to return in early July after going through actual matches in the Futures League.  

KIA continues to fight for the middle ranks, losing key players in the infield and outfield. Last week, SSG overcame the shock of three consecutive sweep losses during the week with a winning series against Doosan on the weekend, but it remains in 6th place, 2.5 games behind 5th place Doosan. With 25 wins and 28 losses in the season, 3 wins are short of a 50% win rate. After the 50% win rate collapsed due to the loss against Sajik Lotte on the 2nd, it has barely maintained 6th place for 10 days. 

Then, if Na Seong-beom and Kim Do-young return, can KIA become stronger than now? Choi Hyung-woo, who is running for first place in batting average (3 2 3 ri) at an age of innocence, showed a gaze that said, “It will be similar to now.” 

There are two reasons. The first is that backup players are filling Na Seong-beom’s vacancy. Lee Woo-seong, who was an incomplete right-handed hitter, took the right fielder position in 44 games with a batting average of 3.1 1. 4 home runs and 14 RBIs with an OPS of .838. 

Choi Hyung-woo said, “It is big that Na Seong-beom is missing, but Lee Woo-sung and other players are doing well.” “Socrates has improved a lot, too. There was a lot of confidence in his at-bat. If you watch him run, he runs really well. It’s because I feel good right now. I hope he maintains his current sense well,” he said. Socrates is ranked 4th in batting average after Choi Hyeong-woo, Son Ah-seop (NC), and Guillermo Heredia (SSG).

A question mark was thrown at the prospect that Kim Do-young’s return would be a plus to the team’s strength. Choi Hyeong-woo said, “(Kim) Do-young, as you know, wasn’t the starting pitcher last season. He keeps saying that something will happen when Doyoung comes back, but when the main player comes back, of course it gives me strength. However, Doyoung was honestly a backup. Even if he returns, he will not be much different from the current situation.” 스포츠토토

Kim Do-young, who was in his first year of debut last year, had a batting average of 2.37 li (53 hits in 224 at-bats) and 3 homers and 19 RBIs in 103 games last year. In an instant, he suffered an accidental injury.

Choi Hyeong-woo said, “If you look at our team this year, we do well, but then fall into a losing streak again. This part is very difficult,” he said. Injured players will return soon,” he emphasized the importance of holding out in June. 

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