“I’m not 100% sure what the problem is.”
Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) missed the 2023 Major League Baseball match against the Oakland Athletics held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA on the 18th (Korean time).
The cause was abdominal pain. According to MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, San Diego coach Bob Melvin said before the game, “Ha-Sung Kim has been excluded from the starting lineup due to abdominal pain.”안전놀이터
After the game, Coach Melvin reported the news of Ha-seong Kim. According to San Diego media outlets such as ‘San Diego Union Tribune’ and ‘97.3 The Fan’, Coach Melvin said, “Ha-seong Kim was examined. They found no problems such as appendicitis. I am not 100% sure what the problem is now, but I am positive about this.” “I’m thinking in that direction,” he said.
The exact cause has not yet been identified. Ha-Seong Kim is expected to undergo a blood test to confirm the accurate results. “He’s also going to have a blood test. We’re not sure when he’ll be back,” Coach Melvin said. The San Diego Union Tribune said, “We will be able to find out more about Kim Ha-seong’s injury on the 18th.”
Ha-Seong Kim is performing at his best this season. In 143 games, he has 133 hits, 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 81 runs, 36 stolen bases, and a batting average of 0.265 with an OPS of 0.763. He is the second Korean big leaguer to hit 20 home runs -20 home runs, following Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers). He is also approaching the record of becoming the first Asian player to hit 20 home runs and steal 40 bases. But if the abdominal pain injury is severe, he may struggle to achieve both records.
Meanwhile, San Diego won 4 times in a row with a 10-1 win over Oakland. Juan Soto hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and a grand slam in the top of the eighth. He swung a fire bat with 3 hits (2 home runs) in 5 at-bats, 6 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.
San Diego ranks 4th in the National League West Division with 72 wins and 78 losses. The wild card ranking is 7th. The gap between the tied 3rd place Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins is 6 games. There are 12 games left. In fact, a miracle is needed to advance to the postseason.
“We’ve got to keep working,” Soto said. “Forget about records, forget about numbers. We’ve just got to get out there and play. That’s the only thing we can control right now. We’ve got to play hard every day and see what happens.” He said.