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Nexen Heroes waive struggling pitcher Knight

All Headlines 17:35 May 14, 2014

SEOUL, May 14 (Yonhap) -- The Nexen Heroes in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) on Wednesday placed struggling right-hander Brandon Knight on waivers.

The first-place club in the top domestic league made the 38-year-old American the first foreign player to be released in 2014.

Other clubs may put in a claim for Knight within the next seven days. If no such move is made, Knight will become a free agent.

One of the longest-serving foreign players here, Knight, in his sixth KBO season and fourth with the Seoul-based Heroes, has gone only 1-2 in six starts in 2014. He has put up a 5.52 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and 22 walks in 29 1/3 innings.

Knight made his KBO debut with the Samsung Lions in 2009, going 6-2 in 11 appearances with a 3.56 ERA. He pitched one more season with the Lions before joining the Heroes.

In 2011, he was only 7-15 and posted a 4.70 ERA, while dealing with a knee injury. Free of pain in 2012, Knight enjoyed his best KBO season in 2012, with a 16-4 record and a league-best 2.20 ERA.

Knight went 12-10 in 2013, and his ERA doubled to 4.43, but the Heroes reached their first postseason.

The Heroes said they are in search of a new foreign pitcher to replace Knight.

The Heroes are 21-13 through Tuesday's games. They have a 5.01 ERA as a team, fourth among nine KBO clubs.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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