Mario Sanchez (29, KIA), who made his KBO debut on Sept. 9 against Suwon KT, has been removed from the first team.
On the 10th, a day without a KBO game, KIA notified the KBO of Sanchez’s removal from the first team. Sanchez picked up the win in his debut on Sept. 9, allowing five hits (one home run) and striking out 10 in 6⅓ innings. His slider, cutter, and sweeper, which he threw with a slight tread on the first base side of the plate, were a feast for right-handed hitters. It traveled a fairly unhittable course.
In addition, he showed off spectacular techniques such as double-kicking and fake blocking. While he was no longer able to double-kick at the urging of KT manager Lee Kang-cheol and the KBO’s umpires, his runner-stopping and changeup skills stood out.
The day after his debut, Sanchez was dropped from the first team. He was left out because he was unavailable for the final home game of the first half against Samsung on Nov. 11-13. KIA will call up Sanchez’s replacement to the first team on Nov. 11 against Gwangju Samsung.
There are quite a few starters like Sanchez who are missing. Starters with nine days of work will not be available for the final three games of the first half, so they don’t need to take up a roster spot. Samsung’s Albert Suarez, Lotte’s Dan Streeley, Doosan’s Choi Won-jun, Hanwha’s Felix Peña, SSG’s Oh Won-seok, Kiwoom’s Jung Chan-heon, and NC’s Song Myung-ki.
SSG is on high alert. Their top hitter, Guillermo Heredia, will miss the last three games of the first half due to traveling to the United States to become a U.S. citizen. Even Choi Jung is missing. Choi suffered a pubic muscle injury while fielding against KIA on the 5th, and missed the next two games against KIA on the 6th, and against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 8th and 9th. It is believed that he was expunged from the team’s roster after being deemed unable to play 꽁머니사이트 against Doosan in Incheon on Nov. 11-13.
In addition, Kiwoom outfielder Park Joo-hong and pitcher Lee Jong-min, NC infielder Park Min-woo and pitcher Lee Yong-joon, and Hanwha infielder Lee Min-joon were missing. In the case of Lee Yong-joon, he started against Samsung in Changwon on the 8th and was subtracted after calculating that he would not be used on the 13th.