Pirates' Jung Ho Kang denied work visa

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been denied a work visa to enter the United States, according to Sung Min Kim, based on reports out of Korea.

What It Means:

Kim believes that Kang's chances of playing for the Pirates this season "got cloudy." According to the report, he may have been convicted of drunk driving in a third country other than Korea and the United States. He was already given an eight-month suspended sentence earlier this month due to a third DUI arrest in Korea. David Freese will handle the hot corner for Pittsburgh until Kang's situation is resolved.

Prior to this news, numberFire's models expect Kang to make 355 plate appearances this season while hitting .262 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI's.