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King’s Exciting Return to the Bullpen for Seoul Series

March 11th, 2024

San Diego’s new acquisition, Michael King, was initially expected to transition to a full-time starter role with the Padres after being acquired from the Yankees in December. However, it appears that his move to the starting rotation will be delayed until after the team’s series against the Dodgers in Korea, as he is likely to make his Padres debut out of the bullpen.

The Padres have officially announced Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove as the probable starters for the Seoul Series, with a seven-day break following these games before their regular season resumes. Despite this, the team sees King as one of their top pitchers and plans to utilize his talents. King brings nearly five years of bullpen experience from his time in New York, making him a valuable asset for the Padres.

Manager Mike Shildt expressed his confidence in King’s abilities, stating that he is eager to compete and has the necessary experience to thrive in any role. King has been a standout performer this spring, delivering strong performances in both official Cactus League games and behind-the-scenes matchups.

While Darvish and Musgrove are set to start in Korea, it is expected that King will join the rotation once the Padres return to their home stadium. However, Shildt has advised King to be prepared for a bullpen appearance during the Seoul Series to maximize his contribution to the team.

In addition to King, the Padres are assessing other pitching options for relief appearances. Pitchers like Jhony Brito, Randy Vásquez, Matt Waldron, Drew Thorpe, and Pedro Avila are vying for the final two starting spots on the roster. Of these, Brito stands out as a strong contender following an impressive showing in spring training.

Brito, who also has experience pitching in relief, is ready to adapt to different roles as needed by the team. With the possibility of pitching in Korea and ongoing competition for rotation slots, the Padres are exploring various pitching strategies to maximize their effectiveness on the field.

For rookie pitcher Jakob Marsee, his first major league camp concluded as he was reassigned to the minors in the latest round of roster cuts on Monday. The Padres continue to make strategic decisions to optimize their roster for the upcoming season.

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