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Ex-Lotte pitcher Oxspring named team's minor league coach

All Headlines 15:03 January 05, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- Former Lotte Giants starter Chris Oxspring has been named the club's minor league pitching coach.

The Busan-based Giants announced that the Australian-born right-hander will work with their prospects in the Futures League starting this upcoming season. The 38-year-old pitched for the Giants in 2013 and 2014, going 23-15 with a 3.75 ERA in 62 appearances.

He made his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) debut with the LG Twins in 2007, and stayed with them for two seasons before returning home for a stint with the Sydney Blue Sox. He later signed with Lotte for his second tour of duty in the KBO.

Oxspring ended his KBO career with the expansion franchise KT Wiz last season, going 12-10 with a 4.48 ERA as the steady, veteran presence on the inexperienced staff. The journeyman had also pitched for the San Diego Padres and the Hanshin Tigers.

The Giants said they valued Oxspring's serious, disciplined approach to the game and that they hoped his professionalism will rub off on their minor league players.

The Giants earlier hired former American League batting champion Julio Franco as their Futures League hitting instructor.

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