SARASOTA, Fla. – Hyun Soo Kim was not in the Orioles starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game, and he apparently is not going to be on the team’s 25-man roster to start the season.
Dan Duquette, the Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations said so on Tuesday night.
“Yes, it looks like he’s not going to be on the 25-man roster to start the season,” Duquette said.
The 28-year-old South Korean outfielder, who said on Sunday that he was happy that he signed a two-year $7 million contract with the Orioles in December, is batting .182 without an extra-base hit this spring. He began the spring 0-for-23.
Kim must give his ascent so that he can be sent to Triple-A Norfolk.
“That’s a conversation we need to have with him,” Duquette said. “He’d have to consent to an assignment.”
Kim hasn’t played since he was a late-inning replacement in Saturday’s game. He was on the travel squad list for Sunday, but didn’t go to Bradenton for the game against Pittsburgh and didn’t travel to Fort Myers on Tuesday for the Orioles’ game with Boston.
“We’re just trying to do the right thing for the team and get the guys in the right jobs,” Duquette said.
Kim has been outplayed by Rule 5 outfielder Joey Rickard during Grapefruit League play.
“I think from our perspective, we had a couple of players do real well in the spring, and look like they’re going to be helpful to the team to start the season,” Duquette said. “I think we have some players ahead of him.”
Duquette said he wasn’t necessarily disappointed in Kim.
“I think in these cases the transition takes some time. I believe he wants to give it some more time,” Duquette said.
Duquette said he wasn’t sure if Kim wants to return to South Korea. He said he wasn’t sure when the question would be resolved.
Kim was on the bench for Tuesday night’s game.
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