BALTIMORE – Sunday is the awaited major league debut for Hyun Soo Kim. A week after Kim declined to report to Triple-A at the Orioles’ request and was officially added to the 25-man roster, he’ll bat ninth and play left field.
“It's kind of like spring training. There are so many new and firsts for him, but it is baseball. I'm sure he's looking forward to getting in that element. He's probably hasn't sat around and watched many games, but there is something to get from that. He's able to kind of step back and see the game that's going on, and see really good track-record hitters have their times when they're not particularly good,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Showalter isn’t making it a point of encouraging the South Korean, who batted .178 in spring training.
“I already have (talked with him). But you don't want to say too much. There's a fine line there. He'll play. Then you ask yourself, what would you say of substance? He's probably got enough things going on without me jumping in there too deep. I talk to him every day. See where he is, see how he's feeling. He's got couple things he's been working on with [batting coaches Scott Coolbaugh and Mark Quinn], see if it frees him up a little bit,” Showalter said.
It was one of Showalter’s aims to use every player this week, and if Tampa Bay had started left-handed Drew Smyly, who was scheduled to pitch in the postponed Saturday night game, Showalter wouldn’t have been able to start Kim, who bats left-handed.
“I'm hoping he gets three or four hits today and gets to be an option for us,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Mike Wright, who was supposed to have started on Saturday night, will start on Tuesday in Boston. … Kevin Gausman will throw three or four innings today, between 45-60 pitches for Bowie.
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