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'Serial injury' Choi returns after 36 days...goes 0-for-2 with a

San Diego Padres outfielder Ji-Man Choi returned to the field after 36 days on the disabled list.

Choi started at first base in the sixth inning against the visiting Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB) on Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

Choi was placed on the injured list (IL) after being diagnosed with a sprained left rib on March 15 and suffered a bruise on his ankle when he was hit by his own pitch in a rehab game on March 7.

In his 36th day on the disabled list, which began on Aug. 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Choi went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

Choi is still without a hit in eight games since being traded to San Diego. His season batting average dropped to .174 (15-for-86).

After drawing a walk in the first inning, Choi was retired on a grounder in the third, and with one out in the fifth, he swung at a changeup on a full count.

He was replaced by pinch-hitter Garrett Cooper with one out in the top of the seventh.

Kim Ha-seong batted first and second, forming a "Korean duo" with Choi Ji-Man.

After going hitless in the previous two games, Kim went 1-for-4 with a walk, a hit, a stolen base and a run scored in the win. He is now batting .265 (501-for-133) on the season.

Kim drew a leadoff walk in the first inning. Fernando Tatis Jr. then doubled and scored on Juan Soto's sacrifice fly.

After retiring the side in order in the second, Kim lined a sinker into the right field seats with two outs in the fourth for a 2-1 lead.

San Diego followed with back-to-back singles to score the go-ahead run.

Kim struck out on a foul-tipped grounder to second and third after four fouls in the fifth, and with the bases loaded in the eighth, Kim swung at a slider that was outside the zone after three fouls.

Kim also made an exquisite glove toss in the bottom of the ninth inning when he backhanded a grounder that cut through the infield.

San Diego beat Oakland 5-2 to extend its winning streak to three games.
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