Lotte Giants infielder Han Dong-hee returned to the first team for the first time in ten days. While he spent some time in the second team due to his batting slump, his manager says he is back in an improved form.

Lotte added three players to its first-team roster – pitcher Shin Jeong-rak, infielder Han Dong-hee and catcher Son Sung-bin – ahead of the sixth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Hanwha Eagles at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on Friday.토토사이트

Infielder Noh Jin-hyuk, who complained of side pain during batting practice, was hastily removed from the roster and taken to a hospital for an MRI. Catcher Lee Jung-geun and pitcher Kim Kang-hyun were also moved to the second team.

Most notable is the return of Han Dong-hee. Han went 0-for-4 in four at-bats against the Sasik KIA Tigers on April 4 and was dropped from the first team roster the next day. After opening the season batting just .235 with two home runs, 20 RBIs, and a .604 OPS in 43 regular-season games, manager Larry Sutton instructed Han to improve his hitting in the second team.

For now, Han has rebounded somewhat. In eight games in the Futures League, he batted .379 (11-for-29) with one home run, three RBIs, and a 1.031 OPS. She also had a multi-hit game on April 14, going 2-for-4 against Hanwha’s second team.

“I’ve heard that she’s been training and playing very hard in the second team,” Sutton said. “She’s definitely been focused and working out, and she’s been taking the things I’ve been asking her to do and doing them well. She’s grown and improved a lot from 10 days ago.”

Han Dong-hee will start at sixth and third base in her return to the first team. Lotte’s lineup against Hanwha’s foreign pitcher Peña was Hwang Sung-bin (left fielder), Ahn Chi-hong (second baseman), Jeon Jun-woo (first baseman), Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder), Jack Rex (designated hitter), Han Dong-hee (third baseman), Park Seung-wook (shortstop), Yoo Kang-nam (catcher), and Kim Min-seok (center fielder). The starting pitcher will be ace Na Kyun-ahn.

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