“It could be as early as the 27th.” Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop was cautious about the timing of outfielder Jung Soo-bin’s return.
Lee was looking at the timing of the return of the No. 1 hitter and starting center fielder, who was spending time recovering from a thigh injury. “At the earliest, tomorrow (the 27th),” he said.
However, Lee finally used the substitute card on the 26th during the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against SSG Landers at Jamsil Stadium.
It was the bottom of the seventh inning when Doosan was down 2-3. Lee brought in Jung Soo-bin in place of Kim Tae-geun, who was batting first. Jeong lived up to expectations by hitting a single to left against SSG veteran left-hander Noh Kyung-eun.
After leading off the seventh inning with a single and advancing to third on a Kim Jae-ho hit by pitch and a Rojas walk, Jung Soo-bin quickly crossed the plate when Yang Yang-ji hit a double.
The game came down to the wire and Doosan lost 5-7, but Jeong Soo-bin showed why he is trusted by Lee as the number one hitter.
“There was a little bit of anxiety when he suddenly started, so I think he’ll be able to play tomorrow,” Lee said, emphasizing that Soo-bin is our number one hitter.
Doosan has scored 40 runs in its last five games. That’s eight runs per game. During this time, Soo-bin was recovering from a thigh injury, meaning that even without him, Doosan had alternatives such as Kim Tae-geun and Cho Su-hyun. They were strong competitors for Jeong.
However, Lee still believes in and supports Soo-bin. “Currently, Yang Ji is playing as the designated hitter. Soo-bin can’t beat him in the designated hitter competition,” Lee said. “He needs to be able to play in the middle infield to be able to play.안전놀이터
“It’s actually a big question,” Lee said, “When we’re scoring well, we minimize changes in the lineup, order, and so on. But Jeong Soo-bin has been doing a good job as our number one batsman. He is our number one batsman,” he reiterated.