Rib injury forces Bears’ Kim In-tae to the minor league
Doosan Bears outfielder Kim In-tae has been demoted to the Korea Baseball Organization’s minor league due to a rib injury.
“Kim In-tae was batting well but was excluded from the entry due to an injury,” said Kim Tae-hyung, manager of the Bears, prior to a game against the Nexen Heroes at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Thursday. “It’ll take about three to four weeks [to recover].”
This season, Kim played in 24 games and had a batting average of 0.279 with one home run and six RBIs. Despite limited opportunities as an outfielder, Kim has shown potential in the 10 most recent games, with a batting average of 0.308 and four home runs.
In place of Kim, the Bears added Lee Woo-sung. This season, Lee has a batting average of 0.269 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in the KBO’s minor league.
By Kang Yoo-rim
Eric Hacker returns to the KBO with Nexen Heroes
American right-hander Eric Hacker will have his second tour of duty in the Korea Baseball Organization.
The Nexen Heroes said on Thursday that they had signed Hacker for $300,000.
Hacker, 35, is replacing Esmil Rogers, who broke his right ring finger on June 3 after taking a liner off his pitching hand.
Hacker pitched for the NC Dinos from their inaugural season in 2013 until 2017, posting a 56-34 record and a 3.52 ERA in 137 games. He enjoyed his best regular season in 2015, when he went 19-5 with a 3.13 ERA in 204 innings. He was first in the KBO in wins and second in both ERA and innings pitched.
After the Dinos decided to part ways with him over the winter, Hacker took to social media and posted videos of himself training with the hashtag “kbo.”
The Heroes said Hacker should have little trouble making adjustments on and off the field, and they expect him to hit the ground running since he’s been working hard on his own.
Hacker is scheduled to arrive in Korea next Monday to get his paperwork done. No date has been set for his first start with the new club.