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(LEAD) Injured slugger doubtful for rest of Korean Series

All Headlines 16:51 November 08, 2018

(ATTN: ADDS manager's comments at bottom)
By Yoo Jee-ho

INCHEON, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- Doosan Bears' slugger Kim Jae-hwan could miss the rest of South Korean baseball championship series with an oblique injury, his club announced Thursday.

The Bears said Kim has been diagnosed with damage to the external oblique muscle on his right side and is unlikely to play in the Korean Series against the SK Wyverns. The Wyverns are currently leading the best-of-seven series 2-1.

With neither an operation nor treatment being an option, Kim will simply have to rest and see how quickly he can recover, the Bears added.

Kim complained of pains to his right side during batting practice before Game 3 on Wednesday at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul.

Kim was removed from the starting lineup and was taken to a hospital for further examination. Without their cleanup hitter and left fielder, the Bears lost the game 7-2.

Kim led the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) with 44 home runs and 133 RBIs during the regular season. In the first two Korean Series games, Kim went 4-for-8 with two doubles.

The fourth game of the Korean Series, scheduled for Thursday, was postponed to Friday due to rain, which will give Kim some extra time to rest and get ready for possible action. But his manager Kim Tae-hyung said he doesn't expect the slugger to be available on Friday.

"He still has some pain, and we'll have to keep an eye on him," the skipper said. "He told me he's going to try to play through pain. But hitting in batting practice is totally different than hitting in actual games."

Kim Jae-hwan of the Doosan Bears hits a double against the SK Wyverns in the bottom of the second inning of Game 2 of the Korean Series at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Nov. 5, 2018. (Yonhap)


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