LG Twins outfielder Kim Hyun-soo, 35, who is in a severe hitting slump, will take some time to regroup.
Kim has been struggling this season, batting .254 with one home run, 25 RBI, and a .659 OPS in 48 games. After finishing April with a .440 batting average, Hyun-Soo Kim took a distinct downturn in May. He batted just .148 in 21 games, dropping his season average to .273.
June was no different. Kim was held to 1-for-16 in four games. As a result, LG didn’t include him in the starting lineup for the games against Gochuk Kiwoom on June 6 and 7. 안전놀이터
“I’m not going to play in the three-game series against Gochuk, and I don’t think I’ll play in the (weekend) game against Daejeon,” LG manager Yoon Kyung-yeop said of Kim Hyun-soo. “It’s okay to see him hit, but we need to know the cause. Just hitting a lot is not the answer.”
He continued, “You have to find the problem, the cause, and train for the cause. You have to know how to do it, and that part is not working. That’s why routine is so important. Routines are important when you’re preparing for a match, when you’re in good shape, when you’re in a slump. I’m talking a lot with my coaches to create those routines,” he added.
Kim Hyun-soo’s spot will be filled by Lee Ju-hyung, who completed his military service in February this year. Lee appeared in 24 games in the Futures League, batting .352 with two home runs, 11 RBIs and a 1.030 OPS.
Lee made his debut in the starting lineup against Kiwoom on July 7, batting eighth and playing left field. It was his first start in 725 days since June 12, 2021, against the Jamsil Doosan.