I had a strong will to play.”
Kim Hye-sung 바카라 (Kiwoom Heroes), who was replaced after being hit by his own pitch, will start the next game as normal.
Kim will start at second base against the Lotte Giants at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 9th.
Kim was replaced in the field in the top of the fifth inning after being hit in the right knee by a foul ball he hit in the third inning of the previous day’s game. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where a CT scan revealed a simple contusion.
Before the game on the 9th, Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki said, “This player (Kim Hye-sung) is a player who usually does not express his intention to be substituted in the middle of the game,” and lamented, “It doesn’t seem to be a normal bruise.” It is believed that he felt great pain.
Kim played a league-high 101 games this season and defended a league-high 811 innings. With Kiwoom calling the Gocheok Dome home, which is protected from the elements, Kim hasn’t been able to take much of a break between games, unlike other players in the league.
“Due to the team’s situation, I have no choice but to continue playing full-time. It’s unfortunate,” said head coach Hong Won-ki, explaining that he had originally planned to give her a break, but she was determined to play.