Jung Ho Kang unlikely to join Pirates this season
Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang's appeal of a suspended eight-month prison sentence for DUI and fleeing the scene has been dismissed by the Seoul Central District Court.
Kang won't serve jail time in South Korea, but the decision by the court makes it incredibly difficult for him to obtain a work visa to travel to the United States. His lawyers have called the suspended prison term a potential "death sentence" for the 30-year-old's MLB career. Any return in 2017 seems highly improbable.
Kang slashed .255/.354/.513 with a .369 wOBA across 370 plate appearances (103 games) for the Pirates last season. He added 21 home runs and 62 RBI's with 2.2 wins above replacement.
- Dodgers' Charlie Culberson is starting at second base on Saturday September 23rd, 2017
- Austin Barnes is catching for the Dodgers on Saturday September 23rd, 2017
- Kyle Farmer is starting at first base for the Dodgers on Saturday September 23rd, 2017
- Yasiel Puig is batting cleanup for the Dodgers on Saturday September 23rd, 2017
- Ryder Jones starting at first base for Giants on Saturday September 23rd, 2017
- Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is out of the lineup on Saturday September 23rd, 2017
- Pirates' Jordan Luplow takes a seat against the Cardinals September 22nd, 2017
- Gregory Polanco starting for the Pirates on Friday night September 22nd, 2017
- Pirates' Steven Brault expected to pitch five innings on Wednesday September 20th, 2017
- Jordy Mercer down to eighth in the Pirates' batting order on Wednesday September 20th, 2017
- David Freese starting at third base for Pittsburgh September 20th, 2017
- Pittsburgh's Jordan Luplow in the lineup against Milwaukee September 20th, 2017