Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Still not in spring training
Kang (restricted list), who continues to wait for a work visa to enter the United States, will likely participate in the team's extended spring training, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "He's going to need a spring training, (although) probably not as long as spring training typically is," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We can set up some (simulated) games, we can set up a lot of at-bats for him in a short period of time. But it's hard to say until we get him here."
He's running, lifting weights and swinging in a batting cage but has not yet seen live pitching. Kang is still facing possible suspension by MLB or the Pirates over his DUI. Sexual assault allegations from last summer also hang over Kang's head, though there's been little word on any possible discipline from that issue. Realistically, it's looking like the infielder might miss the bulk of April.