“Just being on the bench…” Returning starter says he’s a ‘presence’ even when not on offense

The Doosan Bears’ “main man” is back.

The Doosan Bears signed catcher Yang Yang-ji to their roster ahead of their game against the Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on April 22.

Yang signed a 4+2-year contract with Doosan for a total of 15.2 billion won ($15.2 million) before the season, and he excelled both offensively and defensively, hitting .322 with three doubles and nine home runs in 87 games. However, he was removed from the first team roster on the 8th due to a left lateral muscle injury after a game against KT on the 5th, and he spent the next 14 days rehabbing.

Yang returned to the first team after 14 days, but was left out of the starting lineup for now.

Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “It’s hard to go out as a catcher in this series. He hasn’t played a game yet (since the injury). I’m cautious to use my strength suddenly. Today, I’m pinch-hitting and not playing defense.”

Lee continued, “I’m not hitting at 100 percent (in practice). I can’t help but be cautious. I think I have my own anxiety. In the three-game series, I’m going to try to focus on the feeling of the game so that I don’t strain myself as much as possible.”

Despite being left out of the starting lineup, he hopes to have a “positive effect. As a catcher, he can give advice to the younger catchers, and if he comes to bat at key moments, he can be a pressure card for the opposition.토토사이트

“Just being on the bench helps,” Lee said. I think he’ll play with a different attitude,” Lee said.

Doosan’s starting lineup was Cho Su-hyun (center field), Kim Jae-ho (shortstop), Jose Rojas (left field), Yang Seok-hwan (first base), Kim Jae-hwan (designated hitter), Kim In-tae (right field), Kang Seung-ho (second base), Jang Seung-hyun (catcher), and Heo Kyung-min (third base).

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