June 07, 2021 10:43
Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 5 after his back problems resurfaced.
It is the second time Kim has been sidelined this season. He sat out the first two weeks of the season after experiencing back pain during spring training. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Kim's back is not as bad this time and expected him to return in 10 days.
Leading off in the bottom of the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds on June 4, Kim hit a grounder to shortstop and apparently aggravated his back while sprinting at full speed to first base. He failed to beat the throw to first despite running at a speed of 28.6 feet per second, or about 8.7 m/s. The league average is 27 feet per second, or 8.2 m/s.
He felt discomfort in his back after just one warmup pitch in the top of the fourth inning, asked for the trainer and eventually left the game. The Cardinals lost 6-4, giving Kim his fourth loss of the season.
Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays suffered a loss on the same day, giving up seven hits, three walks and seven runs in five and 2/3 innings at home against the Houston Astros. It was the most runs he has given up in a game since joining the Blue Jays last year.
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