Orioles scouts banned from Korean games after signing teen pitcher

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South Korea’s amateur baseball governing body has banned Baltimore Orioles scouts from attending its games for prematurely signing a local high school pitcher.

The Korea Baseball Association said Friday that the Orioles violated local rules that bar the signing of student players until their graduation year.

KBA officials said the Orioles signed 17-year-old left-hander Kim Seong-min in January.

The officials said they plan to notify Major League Baseball of their decision later Friday.

South Korean baseball officials fear that unrestricted signing of amateurs by foreign clubs may dry up the local pool of talent and hamper the growth of the country’s professional league.

YANKEES: Reliever Joba Chamberlain made 15 throws in his second session on a half-mound at the team’s minor league complex, part of his rehabilitation after elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Chamberlain said he was “happy with the progress and feeling good,” after throwing off the 5-inch mound Friday.

Derek Jeter is set to hit on the field for first time Monday and is looking to “pick up where we left off last year” when his batting average increased from .260 to .297 after he returned from a strained right calf on July 4.

INDIANS: All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and Cleveland agreed to a $4.55 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.

CARDINALS: Reliever Scott Linebrink agreed to terms on a minor league contract with St. Louis, and will be among the non-roster invitees to spring training.

The 35-year-old Linebrink was 4-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 64 games with the Atlanta Braves last season. He struck out 42 in 54⅓ innings and held batters to a .235 batting average.

In 607 career games, Linebrink has a 3.51 ERA – fourth-best among active pitchers with at least 600 appearances, trailing Mariano Rivera (2.21), Francisco Cordero (3.17) and Brian Fuentes (3.44).


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