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Cardinals' Kim Kwang-hyun recovers from sore groin, set to start training

All News 08:18 March 04, 2020

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- St. Louis Cardinals' South Korean pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun has recovered from sore groin and will make his second spring training start later this week.

Currently training in Jupiter, Florida, the Cardinals said Tuesday (local time) that Kim's bullpen session the previous day went well and he's scheduled to start Thursday's split-squad home game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The first pitch will be 1:05 p.m. local time, or 3:05 a.m. Friday in South Korea.

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, on Feb. 26, 2020. (Yonhap)

Kim had been scheduled to start against the Minnesota Twins at Roger Dean on Monday but was scratched because of mild groin soreness. Manager Mike Shildt said it was "very mild" but the team training staff wasn't taking any chances with the 31-year-old left-hander.

Kim, who's competing for a rotation spot, had been set to pitch three innings or 50 pitches on Monday, and he will likely stick to the intended workload Thursday.

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 first spring game came against the Mets out of the bullpen on Feb. 22 and he made his first preseason start against the Miami Marlins last Wednesday. Kim threw 18 of his 29 pitches for strikes in that start.

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

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