Lee Eui-ri, who will play live pitching, failed to return to the Children’s Day series? “I think I’ll prepare another alternative starter.”

KIA Tigers pitcher Lee Eui-ri is also expected to fail to return to the Children’s Day Series on the first weekend of May. KIA manager Lee Bum-ho said chances are high that he will prepare another round of replacement for Lee.스포츠토토

Lee pitched in three games (10.1 innings) this season, recording one win, an earned run average of 4.35 with 14 strikeouts and a WHIP of 2.32. Lee was removed from the first team entry after voluntarily leaving the mound due to elbow discomfort during the game against the LG Twins in Gwangju on April 10.

After being diagnosed with a sprained elbow, Lee spent time recovering and tried to figure out when to return to the team. There was a possibility that Lee could take the mound against LG in Jamsil on April 27, but Lee is preparing to return to the main league by spending more time in rehabilitation.


Kia deployed Kim Geon-guk and Hwang Dong-ha to fill the vacancy in the team’s lineup. However, they felt the vacancy as they lost all three of their matches.

Ahead of the match against LG in Jamsil on Friday, Lee Bum-ho explained the timing of Lee’s return to the mound. “Lee Eui-ri has played live pitching, setting up a batter for the Futures team. After the live pitching, he had no physical condition issues. The key is whether he will play for the Futures team after one more live pitching. I will decide by continuing to review his training part and feelings,” Lee said.

Coach Lee expressed his intention to use the alternative starter once more against the Hanwha Eagles in Gwangju on May 3, the first game of the Children’s Day series.

Coach Lee said, “Our bench will be difficult, but we have to look at the season for a long time. I think it will have a positive impact on maintaining the starting rotation only when Lee is clearly prepared. After all, I think we need to prepare for another alternative starting game next week. It is difficult to prematurely tell when Lee will join the first team.”

Meanwhile, pitcher Lim Ki-young, the core of the bullpen, is also expected to return to the team somewhat later. Lim Ki-young was excluded from the first division entry on March 31 after complaining of side discomfort while pitching in the bullpen. The examination revealed fine damage to the left internal oblique muscle. Since then, he has taken the mound once in the Futures League game, but there has been no talk of returning to the first division.

Manager Lee said, “Even Lim Ki-young’s side is not perfect yet. There were no special reports in the rehabilitation part as well. I think we will talk about it only after further rehabilitation. We still have to see it as a recovery stage.”

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