The Korea Baseball Organization issued Kang a one-year suspension Monday and ordered him to complete 300 hours of community service before considering his reinstatement, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

After his career in North America stalled out, Kang is looking to return to his home country of South Korea to continue playing, but his three prior DUI convictions will delay his potential reinstatement. Given that KBO rules could have resulted in Kang serving a three-year suspension due to the arrests, the one-year ban represents a lighter penalty than anticipated for the 33-year-old infielder. Before joining the Pirates ahead of the 2015 season, Kang was one of the KBO's standout performers, as he hit .356 with 40 home runs in his final year with the Nexen (now Kiwoom) Heroes. The Heroes will retain his rights if and when he's reinstated by the league.

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