Lotte Giants foreign-born outfielder Nico Goodrum has been assigned a key role at the top of the order for the first time in his KBO debut Goodrum will bat fourth and play shortstop against the visiting Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Sept. 9Goodrum, who replaced Jack Rex on March 11, has been batting second or third in the lineup He was batting .246 (15-for-61) with a .671 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) in 16 games “Ahn Kwon-soo (who had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow) is back and Kim Min-seok is hitting hot in the second half of the season, so I used him as a table-setter,” Lotte manager Larry Sutton told reporters. “He needs to bat lower, but he’s been hitting well lately, so I put him in the No. 4 spot Ahn Kwon-soo, who made his comeback on March 30, hit his first hit in eight games the previous day Rookie Kim Min-seok is batting .382 with 21 hits in 55 at-bats over the last 16 games” Rookies, like foreign players, need time to realize what 스포츠토토링크 kind of pitches KBO pitchers throw and how they mix their pitches,” Sutton said, attributing Kim’s success to his accumulated experience Meanwhile, regarding right-hander Na Gyun-ahn, who is out of the lineup with a hamstring strain, the manager said, “His rehabilitation is going very well, and he has a full pitching plan “I think it’s better to point out the situation one by one and then tell you (the exact time of his return),” he said, adding, “If you ask me again in a few days, I can explain in detail.”

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