Among the misfortune, fortunate news was delivered. It has been revealed that San Diego Padres Kim Ha-seong’s abdominal pain is not a muscle problem. And the condition is gradually improving.
The U.S. ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’ updated Kim Ha-seong’s physical condition ahead of the 2023 Major League Baseball Colorado Rockies home match held at Petco Park in San Diego, California on the 20th (Korean time).
Ha-seong Kim has not been included in the starting lineup for three consecutive games since the match against the Oakland Athletics on the 17th. There were no scenes where he was injured during the game, and Kim Ha-seong’s name could not be found in the starting lineup for the game on the 18th. Coach Bob Melvin revealed that the reason for Kim Ha-seong’s absence was ‘abdominal pain.’
Initially, Director Melvin did not reveal whether Ha-seong Kim’s abdominal pain was due to a muscle problem or a problem with the digestive system, and only announced that Ha-seong Kim was receiving a medical examination at the hospital. And after the game on the 18th, he said, “The medical staff did not find any problems such as appendicitis. We are not 100% sure what the problem is right now. We are not sure when he will be able to return.”
Even though a day has passed, no new news has been updated, and he was not named in the starting lineup for two days in a row. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ha-seong Kim said, “I am still waiting for the medical team’s opinion. I am feeling similar to the past few days. Unfortunately, I am not feeling very well at this point.”
And on the 20th, new news was delivered. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported an interview with Manager Melvin, saying, “Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will serve as the leadoff hitter for the second consecutive game in place of Ha-seong Kim, who is suffering from a gastrointestinal illness that has not yet been confirmed.” Fortunately, it does not appear to be a muscle injury. The media explained, “Muscle problems were ruled out.”
Coach Melvin expressed his frustration, saying, “We ruled out a muscle problem, but the team doctors still don’t know the cause of Kim Ha-seong’s pain.” Still, it seems clear that Kim Ha-seong’s condition is improving. Director Melvin added, “Kim Ha-seong’s condition has improved,” adding, “We hope it’s just irritation from something. We hope it’s food-related, but we’re not 100% sure.”
Depending on the severity of the injury, digestive problems may be more serious than muscle problems. However, if it is just pain and discomfort, it is fortunate that it is not a muscle problem that could lead to a season out with only a few games left until the end of the regular season. And according to ‘MLB.com’, coach Melvin said, “There is a possibility that he will return to the lineup tomorrow.”
Despite almost being injured several times, including getting hit on the knee by a foul ball and experiencing shoulder pain while sliding, Ha-seong Kim never sat out more than two games, so his absence is being prolonged due to abdominal pain. This is definitely a cause for concern. We cannot be ‘certain’ about the possibility of being named in tomorrow’s starting lineup.메이저놀이터
Ha-seong Kim is recording 133 hits, 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 81 runs, 36 stolen bases, and a batting average of 0.265 and an OPS of 0.763 in 143 games this season. He was on the verge of becoming the first Asian major leaguer to hit 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases. It is certainly encouraging that his condition is improving as time passes, but if the absence continues for a long time, there is a high possibility that he will not achieve a record that will remain in Major League history.