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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Park Chan-ho Will Have Final Test

By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter

South Korean pitcher Park Chan-ho will start against the Omaha Royals Saturday (Sunday Korean time), which will be an important test for his return to the U.S. Major Leagues.

The 34-year-old is slated to pitch in his fifth and unscheduled outing with the Round Rock Express in Triple-A.

Though there are rumors that he will get called-up to the big leagues, the Daily Texan reported.

The newspaper said Round Rock media relations confirmed that Park is scheduled to start on Saturday against the Omaha Royals. After his start on Saturday, he will again be evaluated. Avery Holton, media relations director for the Express, said there's still a chance things could change between now and then.

Park's fate with the Astros will be determined after Saturday's game but speculation that he will be called up before then cannot be ruled out, either.

South Korea's first export to the big leagues is 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA with the Express.

In his recent three outings, he pitched 19 innings and allowed five runs, posting a 2.37 ERA.

As Houston will have a final game Sunday before the All-Star break, if Park is not called up by then, he will have to wait until June 13 when regular season play resumes.


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