Kim is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates. Kim will head to the bench after starting each of the past six games -- five at shortstop and one at third base -- and going 3-for-18 at the plate in that span. The Padres will shift Jake Cronenworth over to shortstop while Jurickson Profar mans the keystone, but Kim is still expected to see the bulk of the work in the middle infield while Fernando Tatis (shoulder) is on the shelf. Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Saturday that Tatis could return from the injured list as soon as this upcoming weekend.
Kim went 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and an additional run scored in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Rangers. Kim's first career home run off Jordan Lyles tied the game in the fifth inning. The Korean is receiving more playing time in Fernando Tatis Jr.'s (shoulder) absence on the injured list. Kim is getting everyday starts at shortstop to prove why he deserves to be a starter on a major-league roster. Although he is only batting .210 to start the season, he still has at least until April 16 to receive everyday at-bats until Tatis can return.
Kim will bat seventh and play shortstop Tuesday against the Giants. Kim's role at the start of the season was unclear, as the Padres had no obvious place to get him regular at-bats. He's suddenly a far more important piece of the team's roster with Fernando Tatis Jr. set to miss an extended period with a shoulder injury. It remains to be seen whether or not he's a true everyday shortstop in Tatis' absence, but the injury should certainly open up significantly more playing time for Kim. He hit .306 with 30 homers and 23 steals in his final season before making the jump from Korea and could be a cross-category producer for fantasy teams if he gets into the lineup on a regular basis.
Kim went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's victory over the Diamondbacks. Making his first start of the regular season, Kim knocked a single to left field in the first inning to plate Wil Myers and give the Padres a 2-0 lead. Both the hit and RBI were career MLB firsts for Kim, who came over to the majors this winter following a string of standout seasons in the KBO. The 25-year-old will likely play all over the field during the campaign as the Padres explore ways to get his bat into the lineup.
Kim will make his first career major-league start Saturday against the Diamondbacks, batting sixth and playing second base. Kim sat for both of the Padres' first two games, finding himself on the bench against both a lefty and a righty. Just how often he'll get into the lineup this season may take some time to figure out. He may make most of his starts early on against southpaws like Saturday's starter Caleb Smith. Jake Cronenworth will slide to first base to make room for him Saturday, with Eric Hosmer getting the day off.