Kim Hae-Sung Becomes MLB’s First Designated Hitter To Start At First Base After Battling Shoulder Soreness

SEOUL, South Korea (Yonhap) – Kim Ha-seong, 27, of the San Diego Padres, will bat leadoff instead of resting his sore shoulder after colliding with a catcher.San Diego will bat leadoff against the visiting Colorado Rockies of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Monday (July 1).The previous day (July 31), in the third inning of a home game against the Texas Rangers, Kim sprinted home from third base on Xander Bogaerts’ infield single. At home, he made a head-first slide.Texas catcher Sam Huff blocked Kim’s right arm with his knee, sending the impact into his shoulder. Despite the pain, Kim managed to get his right hand on home plate after the ball slipped behind the catcher.San Diego 스포츠토토존 replaced Kim in the top of the fourth inning.After the game, Kim told the San Diego Union-Tribune and other local media outlets, “I wasn’t in good shape when I was hit during the game, but as time went on, I got better.” “We’ll have to see how I feel, but if I feel better, I’ll play right away,” he said.In fact, Kim hasn’t missed a day of action and has been in the starting lineup ever since.San Diego took the defensive burden off of him. It’s the first time he’s started as a designated hitter since joining the major leagues in 2021.While he has been known for his solid defense, 스포츠토토 he has also been one of the “best infielders in all of baseball” this season, batting .279 with 14 home runs, 39 RBIs, 21 stolen bases, and an OPS of .821.

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