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Ex-NL All-Star Russell benched at start of KBO postseason, available

All News 17:56 November 02, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Yonhap) -- Following Sunday's rainout of his team's first postseason game, Kiwoom Heroes interim manager Kim Chang-hyun is sticking to the same lineup for Monday.

It means Addison Russell, former National League All-Star for the Chicago Cubs, will start the Wild Card game against the LG Twins on the bench.

Kiwoom Heroes interim manager Kim Chang-hyun speaks to reporters ahead of a Korea Baseball Organization Wild Card game against the LG Twins at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Nov. 1, 2020. (Yonhap)

This is clearly not how the Heroes or Russell himself had envisioned the season would turn out when the 26-year-old made his KBO debut in July with much fanfare. Just four years ago, he was an everyday shortstop for the World Series-winning Cubs.

Russell batted .254/.317/.336 in 65 games for the Heroes, with two homers and 31 RBIs. He also made 12 errors while splitting time at shortstop and second base.

"Russell will come off the bench when we need a run in late-inning situations," Kim said at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. "We'll try to put him in a spot where he can succeed. It was a difficult decision (not to start him)."

Perennial All-Star Kim Ha-seong will play shortstop, and utility player Kim Hye-seong is getting the start at second base.

As the lower seed, the Heroes must win Monday to force another Wild Card game for Tuesday, which they also must win to advance to the next stage. The Twins only need a tie Monday to eliminate the Heroes.

In this file photo from Oct. 7, 2020, Addison Russell of the Kiwoom Heroes smiles after hitting an RBI double against the NC Dinos in the bottom of the fourth inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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