Pirates’ Park Hoy-jun sent to minors after plaque appearance

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SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) — After just one plate appearance off the bench, Pittsburgh Park Pirates utility player Hoy-jun returns to the minors.

The Pirates opted for the South Korean at Triple-A in Indianapolis on Monday (US time), ahead of their road game against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Bucs recalled Park from the minor league last Wednesday ahead of a doubleheader against the New York Mets, and he came off the bench as a defensive backup at second base in the top of the eighth of Game 2.

Park made his lone plate appearance with a runner and one out at ninth base, but hit a fly ball to second base that kicked out Greg Allen at second base.

Park started the 2022 season with the big league club in April but was sent back to the minors on April 22. He was called up on May 29 but was demoted the next day.

The Pirates brought him back to the majors on June 13 before bringing him back to Indianapolis on July 5.

In 23 games this year, Park has a .216/.276/.373 line with two homers and six RBIs. The versatile 26-year-old has appeared at second base, third base, shortstop and right field this year.

It caught fire in the miners this summer. Since August, Park has hit .280/.331/.514 with seven home runs and seven stolen bases for Indianapolis, though that wasn’t enough to earn him an extended stay in the majors.

Park’s demotion leaves two South Koreans in the majors: Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres and Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Squad veteran Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin is out for the season following elbow surgery in June.

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