ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, despite not having a starting role through the first two weeks of the season, says he's using the diverse set of opportunities he is getting to build up a base for when the opportunities begin in earnest for him.
"I'm definitely going to learn through all the experiences, the new experiences I'm getting," Kim said, through translator Danny Lee. "I'm going to try to make adjustments every time so I can be a better player every time [I get a chance]."
After making his major league debut and reaching on a pair of seeing-eye grounders for his first two major league hits last Sunday, Kim earned another start in front of the tricky Green Monster on Wednesday at Fenway Park, and drew a pair of walks.
Then, in an effort to give him another new experience, manager Buck Showalter put Kim in the game as a pinch hitter with two outs in the ninth inning against Texas Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson. Kim worked the count full then stung a single to right field.
The Orioles' outfield situation is crowded and becoming more so with Nolan Reimold and Mark Trumbo both streaking, and Joey Rickard solidifying himself as the everyday left fielder.
But for Kim, everything comes back to improving in the chances he does get. When asked about missing the opportunity to play against fellow Korean Shin-Soo Choo, who is on the disabled list for the Rangers with a calf injury, he doubled back to that.
"It's not much of a disappointment," Kim said. "I just wish Choo gets better and he gets back onto the team so he can play the way he has been playing. On the other hand, I'll try my best to perform better and put numbers up so we can eventually play together."
Around the horn
Right-hander Todd Redmond has been released from his contract at Triple-A Norfolk, the Tides announced Saturday. Redmond, who worked all of major league camp as a reliever, made two starts with the Tides and allowed 15 runs in five innings. He is the active minor league leader in career strikeouts (1,069) and innings pitched (1,295 2/3). Right-hander Terry Doyle, who was paper-moved to Double-A Bowie earlier this week, took his spot back on the roster.