Kia practiced defensive tactics that are usually reserved for training camps. The Tigers held a special drill to change the atmosphere.
The KBO League match between KIA and KT will be held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 30th. Before the game, KIA players gathered at the Champions Field early in the morning to practice defensive tactics.
Last week, KIA suffered two consecutive series losses, winning one and losing two in a three-game midweek series against Hanwha and one and losing two in a three-game weekend series against LG.
In need of a turnaround, KIA will host KT for a three-game midweek series at home on the 30th.
On the 29th, KIA sent down a number of starters to the second team, including foreign pitcher Anderson, closer Jung Hae-young, middle reliever Kim Dae-yoo, and infielder Hwang Dae-in, who have all shown poor performances recently.
KIA added Kim Seok-hwan, 스포츠토토 Choi Jung-yong, Kim Jae-yeol, Hwang Dong-ha, and Kwak Do-gyu to the first team roster on the 30th. Kim Seok-hwan, a young big man who developed in the Futures League, joins the team, while Hwang Dong-ha, who joined KIA in 2022, makes his first professional first-team roster.
Outfielder Na Sung-beom and infielder Kim Do-young, who have been sidelined with injuries, are expected to return to the first team in late June or early July.
KIA will have to hold on until their main players return from slumps and injuries.
Coach Kim Jong-guk has been watching the training sessions from behind the scenes. The team has made a number of changes to the starting lineup.
They need to turn things around at home against last-place KT.