Kiwoom Heroes right-hander Kim Sun-ki will assume the role of fifth starter for the time being. “This Sunday (Nov. 27) against the Samsung Lions in Daegu, Kim Sun-ki will come out,” Kiwoom head coach Hong Won-ki told reporters at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Nov. 24.Right-hander Chung Chan-heon, the existing fifth starter, has been out of the first team roster since Nov. 18 after undergoing back surgery .Kim was given the opportunity to start, and he made his mark with a strong performance against the Doosan Bears on April 22.He was handed his first loss of the season due to a silent offense, but he did his job, allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts in four innings. He was especially impressive for throwing 52 strikes out of a total of 71 pitches. “He was very aggressive, throwing up to 70 pitches with a high strike rate without any defensive help, which was his biggest gain of the day,” Hong said, adding, “For the time being, the priority is for him to take the other spot in the starting lineup.” “If his pitches are good, he could go up to 90+ pitches in the next game,” he said .Kim, who joined the team in 2018 and has pitched mostly out of the bullpen, has a career record of 9-6 with two saves and eight holds in 111 games with a 5.67 ERA .Kim joined the Seattle Mariners for $430,000 in 2009, his junior year at Se AD, but was released after the 2014 season. Returning to South Korea, he joined the Sangmu in 2016, where he spent two years before being drafted by Nexen (now Kiwoom) in 스포츠토토존 2018.