San Diego Padres Kim Ha-seong was caught up in injury variables at the end of the season. The great records of Asian players, such as 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, and even 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases, are in danger of being broken.
Ha-seong Kim missed the game against the Oakland Athletics held at the Oakland Coliseum in the United States on the 18th (Korean time). He was initially named in the starting lineup as the No. 1 second baseman, but was removed from the lineup two hours before the game was scheduled to begin.
His sudden exclusion from the lineup was due to injury. In an interview with local reporters before the game, San Diego coach Bob Melvin announced that Kim Ha-seong would miss the game due to an ‘abdominal pain’ injury.
AJ Casavale, a San Diego reporter for MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, said, “According to manager Bob Melvin, Ha-Sung Kim was out of the lineup due to abdominal pain. “He is currently being tested.”
Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune, a local San Diego newspaper, said, “Ha-seong Kim was left out of the lineup due to abdominal discomfort. “He is being examined to determine whether the injury is muscular or internal.”
Kim Ha-seong’s examination results have not been made public until the evening of the 17th, local time. The extent of the injury cannot be known until the results of the examination are released.
Ha-seong Kim is playing very well this season, playing in 143 games and recording a batting average of .265, 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 81 runs, and 36 stolen bases. He is recognized for his top-class fielding skills in the major leagues, playing 795⅔ innings as a second baseman, 245⅓ innings as a third baseman, and 137⅓ innings as a shortstop.
Kim Ha-seong, whose batting and base running abilities have improved dramatically compared to last year, has significantly increased the number of home runs and stolen bases. 36 stolen bases is the most by a Korean in the Major League. 메이저놀이터
He is aiming to become the second Korean player to hit 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases after Choo Shin-soo. If he adds 3 home runs and 4 stolen bases, he will not only achieve 20-20, but also become the first Asian player to achieve the record of 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases.
However, his chance to take on the challenge may be ruined due to sudden abdominal pain. San Diego has only 12 games left, so each game is precious to Ha-seong Kim.
San Diego, with Kim Ha-seong absent, won 10-1 over Oakland on the 18th. Juan Soto played well with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 2 home runs, and 6 RBIs, including a grand slam. He hit his 31st and 32nd home runs in a row.
Starting pitcher Nick Martinez pitched 3 innings, allowing 1 hit, 5 strikeouts, and no runs, and then bullpen members Pedro Avila (3 scoreless innings), Tom Cosgrove (1 scoreless inning), and Ray Kerr (2 innings, 1 run) pitched in succession, leading to a big win. led.
Even with today’s victory, San Diego has a poor record of 72 wins and 78 losses, and it is virtually impossible to obtain a wild card to advance to the postseason.