KBO pitcher withdraws from Olympic baseball team after misconduct, replaced by ex-big leaguer

SEOUL-- In the latest fallout from a COVID-19-related misconduct scandal, South Korean pitcher Han Hyun-hee withdrew from the Olympic baseball team Saturday.

The right-hander was promptly replaced by former major league closer Oh Seung-hwan.

Han, who pitches for the Kiwoom Heroes in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), admitted to and apologized for leaving the team hotel on a road trip last week for drinks with a teammate and three other guests.

Contact tracing and epidemiological studies are under way to determine if there was any violation of social distancing rules.

Source: Yonhap News Agency