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KBO's SK Wyverns cut ties with injured pitcher Nick Kingham

All News 17:45 July 02, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- The SK Wyverns said Thursday they have parted ways with injured right-hander Nick Kingham.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said Kingham, who has only made two appearances this season and last pitched on May 12, has been slow to recover from his elbow issues, with no signs of improvement. The Wyverns have asked the KBO to place Kingham on waivers and will now begin searching for his replacement.

KBO teams are each permitted three foreign players, with a maximum of two pitchers.

In this file photo, from April 24, 2020, Nick Kingham of the SK Wyverns pitches against the LG Twins in a Korea Baseball Organization preseason game at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

The Wyverns signed Kingham to a US$900,000 contract in November, and the former major leaguer pitched well enough in spring training and in preseason to earn the Opening Day nod for May 5.

But he took the loss against the Hanwha Eagles that day, after allowing three earned runs in seven innings. A week later, he gave up eight runs -- three unearned -- in 3 2/3 innings against the LG Twins and was charged with his second straight loss.

He began suffering pains in his right elbow and never pitched in the KBO again. His final record was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA.

The Wyverns entered Thursday ranked ninth among 10 clubs at 14-35.

Their other foreign pitcher, Ricardo Pinto, is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts.


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