October 27, 2015 09:45
Baseball players who will represent Korea in the inaugural Premier 12 championship gathered for training on Wednesday.
The Premier 12 organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation is an international tournament where the top 12 teams in the WBSC's baseball rankings will participate.
The tournament will be held in Japan and Taiwan from Nov. 8 to 21.
Korea is faced with a difficult situation as three pitchers -- An Ji-man, Lim Chang-yong and Yun Sung-hwan -- were recently suspected of illegal overseas gambling and dropped from the squad.
To make matters worse, 12 players out of the 28-men roster still have remaining games in the Korean Series and cannot join the squad for a while. Lee Dae-ho of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks is also currently busy playing in the Japan Series.
"I'm worried about the lack of a bullpen, but we will overcome the crisis with solid teamwork," manager Kim In-sik said during a press event in Seoul on Monday.
The players start training on Tuesday and have two friendly matches against Cuba on Nov. 4 and 5.
This will be the first time in seven years since the Olympic Games in Beijing that Korea has a game against Cuba.
They will leave for Japan on Nov. 6 and face Japan in the opening game in Hokkaido on Nov. 8.
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