“Jang Seung-hyun’s hand condition is fine, he will play normally”, batsman breathes a sigh of relief
Doosan Bears catcher Jang Seung-hyun thankfully escaped serious injury after a dizzying sand dune. Doosan breathed a sigh of relief after losing starting catcher Yang Yang-ji to injury.
Doosan’s starting lineup for the 13th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Hanwha Eagles at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on April 11 is Jung Soo-bin (center field), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Rohas (left field), Yang Seok-hwan (first base), Kim Jae-hwan (designated hitter), Kang Seung-ho (second base), Kim In-tae (right field), Jang Seung-hyun (catcher), and Heo Kyung-min (third base). Foreign pitcher Brandon Waddell will get the start.
Catcher Jang Seung-hyun, who was feared to have suffered a major injury, is in good physical condition and will wear a mask as the starting catcher. Jang was hit on the back of his left hand by a 146-kilometer fastball thrown by opposing starter Won Tae-in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning of a 0-0 tie against the Samsung Lions in Jamsil on Sept. 9.
Jang continued to play normally until he was replaced by pinch-hitter Kang Seung-ho in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Doosan bench was concerned about the injury.
Fortunately, Jang Seung-hyun was hit by the ball on the back of his hand, which did not lead to an injury. He was able to play normally after taking a day off when Samsung Electronics’ game against Jamsil was canceled due to rain.
For Doosan, Jang Seung-hyun will have to play catcher for the time being, as Yang Yang-ji was scratched from the first team roster on Aug. 8 due to a side muscle injury. If Jang Seung-hyun was also sidelined with an injury, the depth of the catching staff would be greatly reduced.
“When Jang Seung-hyun was first hit by the ball, I thought it would be difficult, but he said he would do what he could,” said Lee Seung-yeop. “Fortunately, he was not seriously injured because the ball hit him on the back of his hand. If it hadn’t been for the protector, I think it would have led to a fracture,” he breathed a sigh of relief.
“Jang Seung-hyun’s hand is feeling much better. He had a day off the day before, and he’s been working well with our starter Brandon, so he’ll be fine.”메이저놀이터
Doosan lost 4-6 to Samsung on April 9 and remains in fifth place, two games behind third-place KT Wiz and one game behind fourth-place NC Dinos. They are 1.5 games behind the sixth-place KIA Tigers, so the outcome of this weekend’s three-game series against Hanwha is crucial.