Kim allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four across three innings Saturday against the Phillies. He didn't factor into the decision. Kim was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday's start, and while the veteran left-hander was unable to pitch past the third, it's fair to say the Cardinals are being cautious with him -- he only tossed 68 pitches (42 strikes) before departing the contest. The 32-year-old left-hander finished the 2020 MLB regular season with a sparkling 1.62 ERA to go along with a 1.03 WHIP and a 24:12 K:BB over 39 frames..
Kim (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday's start against the Phillies. Kim will make his season debut against Philadelphia after he missed the start of the year due to back issues that surfaced in mid March. Manager Mike Shildt has said that Kim is at full strength heading into Saturday's start. Kim threw 86 pitches in a simulated game at the team's alternate training site Sunday and should be near a normal workload against the Phillies on Saturday.
Kim (back) is considered a "full go" for his first start of the season Saturday against the Phillies, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. Manager Mike Shildt reported Friday that Kim's Thursday bullpen session went very well and added he would not have put the veteran in the rotation yet if he and his staff felt the left-hander wasn't at full strength. Kim threw just under 90 pitches last Sunday in a simulated game at the alternate training site, which, when coupled with Shildt's evaluation of Thursday's throwing session, supports the notion the 32-year-old could be set for close to a normal workload versus Philadelphia.
Kim (back) will make his season debut Saturday against the Phillies, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Kim developed back issues in mid-March and will wind up missing just over two weeks. He threw 86 pitches at the team's alternate training site Sunday, so he should be ready to handle a full workload in his season debut. His return will push Daniel Ponce de Leon back to the bullpen.
Kim (back) threw 86 pitches in a simulated game at the Cardinals' alternate training site Sunday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Kim felt good after his large workload Sunday, and his throwing session was likely his last hurdle prior to making his season debut. Manager Mike Shildt didn't announce exactly which day Kim will return to game action, but the southpaw's 2021 debut appears to be imminent.
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