KIA manager Kim Jong-kook has removed Kim Ki-hoon from the first-team roster and recalled Kim Yoo-shin to pitch against the LG Twins on Saturday 스포츠토토 at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju. Kim Ki-hoon made his first start since his automatic ejection for a head shot against the Daejeon Hanwha on April 25 and threw 15 pitches before walking three consecutive batters. Jeon Sang-hyun also appeared in the game and recorded two strikeouts in ⅔ innings.
Coach Kim said, “I think Kim Ki-hoon needs to readjust. He needs to find his balance and confidence. It’s a dimension of having an adjustment period in the Futures.” Regarding Jeon Sang-hyun, Kim said, “He said he felt some discomfort in his shoulder after his pitch yesterday. I checked it, but there is nothing wrong with it. It’s a rest decision.”
Kim Yoo-shin and Park Jun-pyo are making their first first-team appearances of the season. In nine games and 23 innings in the Futures (second-tier) League, Kim is 2-0 with no losses and a 5.48 ERA. Park Jun-pyo has a 1-0 record, 2 saves, 1 hold, and a 6.59 ERA in 15 games and 13⅔ innings pitched.