The San Diego Padres Korean duo will be complete again.
Choi Ji-Man made his first career appearance in a Triple-A game for the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego’s minor league affiliate) at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas, on June 6.
It was Choi’s first appearance in more than three weeks since being placed on the disabled list (IL) after being diagnosed with a left rib sprain on May 15. Choi batted third in the lineup against the Round Rock Express, a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and went 2-for-3 with a walk.
His first at-bat in the first inning was a well-hit pitch that went straight to the second baseman for a single. However, in the third inning, Choi hit Cole Wynn’s curveball for a double to center field.
Choi’s good hitting continued. After drawing a walk in the fourth, he followed it up with a single to left field in the fifth for a multi-hit game. Choi was replaced in the eighth inning as he continued to improve at the plate. El Paso, a San Diego affiliate, defeated Round Rock 9-5.
It was a good batting performance to shake off the injury. On the same day,메이저사이트 CBS Sports reported that “Choi is expected to play a rehab game and return to the big leagues this weekend.”
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Choi has been plagued by injuries this season. After starting the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day, Choi was sidelined with an Achilles injury on April 16. He returned to the big leagues on July 8 and hit like a bat out of hell before being traded to San Diego on August 2 at the trade deadline.
We’ll be seeing the “Korean Duo” again with Kim Ha-seong as the leadoff man for San Diego. However, Choi has struggled since his trade to San Diego, going hitless in 11 at-bats. He is in desperate need of hit production after his return.
Meanwhile, this season, Choi is batting .179 (15-for-84) with six home runs, 11 RBIs, and a 0.680 OPS.