Park Hoy-jun returned to minors 1 day after hackers appeal

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SEOUL, May 31 (Yonhap) — A day after being called up to the big leagues by the Pittsburgh Pirates, South Korean player Park Hoy-jun is back in the minors.

The Pirates announced Monday (US local time) that they had gifted Park to the Triple-A Indians of Indianapolis. They had brought Park back to the majors the day before, in time for a road game against the San Diego Padres, after outfielder Ben Gamel suffered a left thigh injury.

Park entered this game as a pinch runner in the top of the 10th inning and was tagged at home trying to score the go-ahead on wild pitch. The Padres won the game 4-2 in the bottom half of that inning.

And Park’s stay with the major league club was short-lived, as the Pirates acquired Yu Chang from the Cleveland Guardians on Monday to shore up their infield.

Park has played all over the field throughout his minor and major league career. In his first five games this season before his initial demotion on April 22, Park played right field, shortstop and second base.

But Park only went 3 for 14 in those five games. In 26 games with Indianapolis, Park hit a .229/.391/.289 line with one home run and seven RBIs.

The Pirates’ decision leaves three South Korean players on active major league rosters: Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays, Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays and Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres.

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