LOS ANGELES -- Reds center fielder and South Korea native Shin-Soo Choo played against the Mets a few months ago in New York, the home of the second-largest South Korean population in the United States.
New York trails only greater Los Angeles and its South Korean population of roughly 330,000. Unsurprisingly, Choo has been a popular guy this weekend at Dodger Stadium.
"I like to see a lot of Korean fans because I've played in Cleveland and Cincinnati, where there aren't a lot of Korean people," Choo said. "It's quiet -- no media, no fans. But here, it's like a small Korea."
The demands for Choo have included Thursday and Friday pregame and postgame press conferences with South Korean media. It's also meant more away-from-the ballpark encounters.
"Before games, I'm at a restaurant, people try to get pictures or an autograph," Choo said. "It's not my style. I like to focus on baseball."
On Saturday, the matchup between the Reds and Dodgers featured Choo batting against starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, marking the first meeting of players from South Korea since Choo and the Indians faced Chan Ho Park of the Yankees on July 29, 2010. The game was broadcast live in South Korea to a viewing audience of approximately 18.5 million households.
The Dodgers issued 90 media credentials to 30 different South Korean media outlets for the game. Choo never faced Ryu in South Korea, but they were teammates in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and 2010 Asian Games.
"He pitched very well in the Asian Games and we won a gold medal. It got me out of military service," Choo said. "He pitched in our championship. I really appreciated it. He didn't have to pitch that day."
All South Korean men are usually obligated to serve in the military for two years before the age of 30. Due to the gold medal win, Choo was granted an exemption by the government in 2010 after the Asian Games.
Broxton throws 20-pitch live BP session
LOS ANGELES -- Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton, on the disabled list since June 15 with a right elbow strain, took another positive step in his rehab on Saturday. Broxton threw 20 pitches in a live batting practice session against Reds hitters at Dodger Stadium.
Broxton reported no issues from the session.
"He was throwing the ball good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He didn't quite have the command. That's to be expected, as long as there is no pain. That means he's on the way."
There remains no timetable on when Broxton might return to the active roster.
"We can't say. It'd be guessing," Baker said. "You don't know how he's going to feel tomorrow or the next day. He still has to go back-to-back days."
One of the hitters that faced Broxton was injured catcher Ryan Hanigan, who has been on the DL since July 11 with a sprained left wrist. Hanigan resumed hitting a Friday from a two-day break after a setback earlier this week.
"It was more to look at live pitches than to actually hit," Baker said of Hanigan facing Broxton.
• In his third game of a rehab assignment for Class A Dayton on Friday, Ryan Ludwick (right shoulder surgery) went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Ludwick was 1-for-6 in his stint with Dayton. He was off to travel on Saturday and will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
• Following the 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Friday, all Reds players and coaches had brand-new red Beats by Dre headphones in their lockers. The in-demand items were provided by first baseman Joey Votto.