from the boston herald 04/26/04
The Sox plan to sit down with Byung-Hyun Kim [stats, news] today to decide if he's ready to be activated from the disabled list this week.
Kim, who was sidelined by shoulder weakness in early March, hasn't allowed an earned run in three rehabilitation starts at Single-A Sarasota and Triple-A Pawtucket, but his pitch count hasn't exceeded 60. His velocity, which is typically 87-90 mph, was 85-88 on Saturday at McCoy Stadium.
Francona confirmed that Kim, who will work out at Fenway Park today, will replace Bronson Arroyo [stats, news] in the fifth spot in the rotation, which comes up Friday in Texas. Senior pitching adviser Tony Cloninger, who has been with Kim, is scheduled to be on hand today.
``Some people say his breaking ball is the best it's been since he got here,'' Francona said. ``There have been some real good reports.''