KIA Tigers ‘Captain’ Kim Sun-bin suffered an unfortunate injury to the extent that he was diagnosed with a suspected thumb fracture while defending. In the Tigers’ second baseman with an ‘irreplaceable’ presence, the KIA bench is expected to fall into deep trouble over Kim Sun-bin’s vacancy in the future.스포츠토토

KIA lost 7-10 against Gwangju NC Dinos on June 17th. KIA maintained its 6th place in the league with a record of 27 wins and 31 losses in the season. They were chased by 7th place Kiwoom Heroes and 8th place KT WIZ by 1.5 games.

On this day, the flow of the game began to diverge three times. KIA collapsed in an instant in the beginning of the 3rd inning when starting pitcher Yoon Young-cheol was hit by a concentrated hit. Leading batsman Son A-seop hit a triple, followed by three hits in a row and gave up 3 runs. Yoon Young-chul scored his 7th run with timely hits from Seo Ho-cheol, Ahn Joong-yeol and Park Min-woo.

KIA’s main second baseman and captain Kim Seon-bin suffered a serious injury to his thumb during an assault hit during defense. Photo = KIA Tigers
Yoon Young-chul, who left the worst pitch of the season with 7 runs in 3 innings, was replaced by Park Jun-pyo at the start of the 4th inning.

In the beginning of the 4th inning, bad luck came. At the beginning of the 4th inning, in a situation where the first base was safe, Martin hit a hard hit to second base, which hit the hand of second baseman Kim Seon-bin, leading to an error on base. In the process, Kim Seon-bin, who was hit hard by the ball on the thumb of his right hand, was immediately replaced by Kim Gyu-seong and left the ground.

Immediately after moving to a nearby hospital and undergoing an X-RAY examination, Kim Sun-bin was diagnosed with a suspected fracture of his right thumb. According to the KIA club, Kim Sun-bin plans to go to a fracture specialist hospital in Seoul on the 19th to receive a detailed examination. Since it is not a simple bruise, but a suspected fracture, it is virtually difficult to return within a short period of time.

After Kim Seon-bin was removed, KIA allowed additional runs one after another and was dragged to 1-10. Starting with Lee Chang-jin’s 3-run homer at the end of the 7th inning, the KIA, which started a counterattack, followed up with timely hits by Byun Woo-hyuk and Choi Hyung-woo, leading to a 7-10, 3-point gap. However, after failing to score additional points, KIA had to accept a disappointing defeat.

KIA lost its ‘captain’ and main second baseman for an instant. Kim Sun-bin participated in 54 games this season and recorded a batting average of 0.302 / 54 hits / 18 RBIs. He is clearly irreplaceable at the second base position on the team. Finger fractures may require a rehabilitation period of 2 to 3 weeks for micro fractures and up to 2 months or more for severe fractures, depending on the severity. First of all, in the first half of the year, it is difficult to return.

Kia needs to find an alternative to the position where second baseman Kim Sun-bin is missing. Among the infielders in the first team entry, Kim Kyu-seong is first considered as an alternative. Kim Gyu-seong was substituted in the game on the 17th and played an active role, hitting two doubles. He had few opportunities to play as a backup infielder, but as he was consistently on the first team stage, Kim Kyu-seong is highly likely to seize new opportunities.

If infielder Kim Do-young, who can return at the end of June, is settling down at shortstop, which is his defensive position, there is also a direction. In this case, Park Chan-ho, who has been frequently exposed to insecurities in the shortstop defense, is moving to the second baseman defense. In addition, Ryu Ji-hyeok, who had quite a bit of experience defending second base in the first team, moves to second base, and Kim Do-young and Park Chan-ho share the positions of third baseman and shortstop.

Indeed, I wonder how the KIA bench will fill the void of Kim Sun-bin, who is expected to leave for the time being.

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