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Baseball players under illegal gambling suspicions added to active roster

All Headlines 17:15 April 03, 2016

DAEGU, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Two South Korean baseball players under illegal gambling suspicions were added to their club's active roster on Sunday, the third day of the new season.

The Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said right-handers Yun Sung-hwan and An Ji-man have joined the club. The Lions' game against the Doosan Bears at Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, was rained out Sunday.

Manager Ryu Joong-il said An, a setup man, would have been available in the bullpen Sunday if the game went on as scheduled. Yun, a starter, will make his first start of the season against the KT Wiz on Wednesday, Ryu added.

Illegal gambling charges against these two pitchers surfaced last fall, forcing the Lions to leave them off their playoff roster. With the police investigation making little progress in the ensuing months, the Lions mulled using them during spring training but decided to wait until the start of the regular season.

Yun, who led the Lions with 17 wins last year, and An, one of the KBO's premier setup men, appeared before the press for the first time since their gambling suspicions emerged. They took off their hats and bowed in apology before the cameras.

"We'd like to apologize to all baseball fans for causing trouble," Yun said. "From now on, we will concentrate only on baseball."

Ryu said he expected the two players to be booed and heckled on the road, and it's something they will have to find ways to overcome.

"There's no other way but to play well and endure criticism," the manager said. "They have to keep playing the game and we felt we couldn't put our decision on hold any longer. They're tremendous veterans and will be a huge help for our ball club."

While they were sidelined for preseason games, Yun did throw in three live games, and An made five appearances in unofficial practice games, Ryu added.

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