The Lotte Giants have made some big and small changes to their starting lineup.
Lotte will play its fourth game of the season against the Samsung Lions of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on April 9 at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu. Na Kyun-ahn and Won Tae-in, who were both named to the final roster for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, will start.
Looking to end a four-game losing streak, Lotte lined up with Kim Min-seok (center field), Jeon Jun-woo (designated hitter), Ahn Chi-hong (second base), Jack Rex (left field), Yoon Dong-hee (right field), Ko Seung-min (first base), Park Seung-wook (shortstop), Kim Min-soo (third base), and Jeong Jung-geun (catcher). Jeon Jun-woo, who was batting third the previous day, moved up to second and will share the table-setter role with Kim Min-seok.
Starting shortstop Noh Jin-hyuk will start from the bench for administrative reasons. Lotte head coach Larry Sutton said, “As you know, Noh Jin-hyuk is a player who has a problem with his back. Yesterday, he was replaced in the middle of the game because of that, and today we will give him a break and focus on his treatment and recovery.” 스포츠토토
Rex, who came on as a pinch-hitter for Kim Min-soo in the 12th inning of the previous game, was named to the starting lineup for now. However, Rex is not at full strength, according to the manager.
Sutton said, “(Rex’s knee is) about the same right now. It’s not going to get better or worse all of a sudden, so it’s something that needs to be managed,” Sutton said. “The best treatment for Rex would be to rest him for a couple of months, but we’re heading into the middle of the season, so it’s hard to (realistically) give him a break, so it’s important to manage it.