The San Diego Padres’ Ha-Sung Kim is on the verge of breaking several records, but injury has ended his season, and he has yet again failed to make the starting lineup.
The Padres open the 2023 Major League Baseball season at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on April 20 (ET) against the Colorado Rockies. However, Kim’s name was nowhere to be found in the starting lineup.
Kim, who signed a 4+1 year, $39 million contract with San Diego prior to the 2021 season, was in the midst of his best year in the majors. In his rookie season, Kim struggled to adjust to the fastballs of big league pitchers and was unable to capitalize on one of his biggest strengths in the KBO: his offense.
In 117 games in his rookie year, he hit .202 with 54 hits, eight home runs, 34 RBIs, six doubles, and a .622 OPS, but it didn’t take him long to adjust to the big leagues. He showed signs of improvement the following year, hitting .251 with 11 homers, 59 RBIs, 12 doubles, and a .708 OPS in 130 games, and this season he’s taking it to the next level.
In 143 games this year, Kim is hitting .265 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, 81 runs scored, 36 doubles, and a .763 OPS. While his numbers are down from the peak of his career, they are still among the best on the San Diego roster. That means he’s having a good year. 스포츠토토
However, he hasn’t been in the starting lineup since the last game against the Oakland Athletics on April 17. The reason: injury. He didn’t experience anything during the game that could have led to an injury. However, before the game on the 18th, he complained of abdominal pain and hasn”t been able to play since, let alone in the starting lineup.
At the moment, it”s unclear whether his abdominal pain is a muscle or digestive issue. He’s been checked out by a doctor, but it’s unclear if San Diego isn’t disclosing the cause of the injury or if they haven’t found the source of the pain yet, and he’s been out of the lineup for three straight games.
Manager Bob Melvin said after the game, “He had a checkup, and the medical staff didn’t find anything like appendicitis. We’re not 100 percent sure what the problem is right now, but we’re thinking in a positive way,” but also said, “We’re not sure when he’ll be able to come back.” He added that he will have blood tests. He added that they will be running blood tests.