Player in focus: Han Ki-joo (Kia Tigers)
Han was making his first pitch in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) League since Aug. 16, 2012.
In his one inning, the 28-year-old right hander allowed a single, but was able to close in just 12 pitches with one strikeout.
After graduating Dongsung High School in Gwangju, Han joined the Tigers, his hometown club, in 2006 with a 1 billion-won ($865,000) signing bonus - still the highest deal for a rookie in KBO history. But injury has spoiled his career. Starting with an elbow surgery in 2009, Han didn’t play a single game in 2010.
He played only 32 games from 2011 to 2012, going only 2-4 with 14 saves, and has since spent most of his time undergoing rehabilitation for finger and shoulder surgeries.
Meanwhile, the Tigers announced on Monday that they signed right-handed pitcher Evan Meek, while releasing Philip Humber.
The 32-year-old American went 7-11 with 3.63 ERA in 179 Major League games.
Humber will leave Korea with 3-3 and 6.75 ERA.
BY JOO KYUNG-DON [firstname.lastname@example.org]