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Cardinals' Kim Kwang-hyun scratched from spring start with sore groin

All News 03:38 March 03, 2020

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) -- Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals has been scratched from his spring training start with a sore groin, hitting a speed bump in his quest to win a rotation spot as a big league rookie.

The South Korean left-hander was scheduled to start against the Minnesota Twins in Jupiter, Florida, on Monday (local time) in his second spring start and third preseason appearance overall. But he developed what the Cardinals said was mild groin soreness, and the club wasn't taking any chances with its new 31-year-old.

In this file photo from Feb. 26, 2020, Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Miami Marlins in a Major League Baseball spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. (Yonhap)

"It's very mild," manager Mike Shildt told MLB.com of Kim's injury. "To say it's nothing wouldn't be accurate, because it's something. But we moved (Kim) back, and the training staff found it proactively, which I applaud. Just want to make complete sure that everything is fine. Zero arm-related. We're being super, uber conservative on this."

The Cardinals said Kim, who had been set to pitch three innings or 50 pitches, will throw a bullpen session on Monday instead. And if all goes well, Kim will start one of the Cardinals' two split-squad games on Thursday.

One Cardinals squad will host the New York Mets at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter that afternoon, and the other half will travel to West Palm Beach to take on the Washington Nationals.

Kim, who signed a two-year deal in December out of the SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), has not allowed a run or a hit in three innings this spring -- one inning in relief and two in a start. He's struck out five and walked one. His previous outing came last Wednesday.

Genesis Cabrera, another left-hander competing for a place in the rotation, got the start in Kim's stead on Monday. Cabrera was originally scheduled to follow Kim.

In this file photo from Feb. 26, 2020, Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals heads back to the dugout after retiring the side in the top of the second inning of a Major League Baseball spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. (Yonhap)

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