Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun Out of Running for Asian Games

Kim Kwang-hyun Kim Kwang-hyun
In bad news for the Korean national baseball team for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou next month, the season's top pitcher in the Korean Baseball League, Kim Kwang-hyun of the SK Wyverns, is out of the squad due to health problems.

The Wyverns submitted a doctor's note for Kim to the Korea Baseball Organization on Monday, when camp training began. Kim needs one full month of absolute rest as he is suffering from paralysis of the facial muscles due to fatigue. He was hospitalized on Thursday last week, and his condition has greatly improved since then, but rigorous physical activity could aggravate the problems and cause other trouble, according to SK.

Cho Bum-hyun, the national team manager, who had planned to start Kim against Japan, said, "It's a pity because Kim is an absolute necessity to the team. I'll select an alternative pitcher as soon as possible after discussing it with the coaching staff."

Twenty-two out of 24 players on the national team, with the exception of Kim and Kim Tae-kyun of Chiba Lotte Marines, were present in the first day of camp training at the Hotel Nongshim in Busan. 

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