Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) did not participate in the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA, on April 18 (ET).
The cause was abdominal pain. According to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, San Diego manager Bob Melvin announced before the game that “Kim was removed from the starting lineup due to abdominal pain.”
After the game, Melvin gave an update on Kim. According to San Diego media outlets such as the San Diego Union Tribune and 97.3 The Fan, Melvin said, “Kim underwent tests. They didn’t find anything like appendicitis,” Melvin said, adding, “I’m not 100 percent sure what the problem is right now, but I’m looking at this as a positive.”
The exact cause is still unknown. Kim will undergo blood tests to determine the exact cause. ”He’s going to have blood tests,” Melvin said. We’re not sure when he’ll be back,” Melvin said. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that “we’ll know more about Ha-Sung Kim’s injury on the 18th.굿모닝토토
Kim is having one of his best seasons this year. In 143 games, he has 133 hits, 17 home runs, 58 RBI, 81 runs scored, 36 stolen bases, a .265 OPS and a .763 slugging percentage. He is on pace to become the second Korean big leaguer in history to reach the 20-homer plateau after Choo Shin-soo (SSG Rangers). He is also closing in on becoming the first Asian player to hit 20 home runs and 40 doubles. However, if his abdominal pain injury is serious, he may struggle to reach both milestones.
Meanwhile, San Diego extended its winning streak to four games with a 10-1 blowout of Oakland. Juan Soto hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh and a grand slam in the top of the eighth. He went 3-for-5 with two home runs, six RBIs and two runs scored.
San Diego is in fourth place in the National League West with 72 wins and 78 losses. They are in the seventh wild-card spot. They have a six-game lead over the third-place Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins. They have 12 games left to play. In fact, it would take a miracle to make the postseason.
“You have to keep working,” Soto said, “forget about the record, forget about the numbers, forget about everything. We just have to go out there and play the game. That’s the only thing we can control right now. We have to play hard every day and see what happens.”