Kang has not officially signed a minor-league contract with Milwaukee, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Kang has been working out with Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate with the goal of earning a MiLB deal, though the two sides still have some terms to iron out. Kang was cut loose by the Pirates at the beginning of August after hitting .169 with 10 homers and 24 RBI over 65 games in the majors this season.
Kang signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Friday, Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports reports.
Kang might have considered returning to Korea to play in the KBO, but as Sung Min Kim of The Athletic reports, he may have to serve a three-year suspension due to his three DUI's if he were to head home. Kang hit .169 with 10 home runs and a 32.4 percent strikeout rate in 185 plate appearances with the Pirates before being released Aug. 5.
Kang was released by the Pirates on Monday, Dejan Kovacevic of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
No team was willing to acquire Kang after he was designated for assignment over the weekend, prompting the Pirates to part ways with the veteran infielder. He's appeared in 65 games this season, slashing just .169/.222/.395 with 10 home runs in 185 plate appearances.
Kang was designated for assignment Friday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The move is no surprise, as Kang was closing in on a $625,000 bonus if he reached 200 plate appearances. He hasn't come close to earning it, hitting just .169/.222/.395. As a 32-year-old who hasn't had success at the big-league level since 2016, he's unlikely to generate a ton of interest on waivers.
Kang could be designated for assignment within the next week, The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
He's got 185 plate appearances this year, 15 shy of reaching a $625,000 incentive clause, and has struck out in 60 of them. While Kang has totaled 10 homers, his slash line of .169/.222/.395 speaks volumes. The Pirates are also expected to activate shortstop Erik Gonzalez (shoulder) in the coming days and will need to clear a roster spot. As a result, it looks as though Kang's days in Pittsburgh are numbered.
Kang went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in a 6-5 loss against the Cardinals on Monday.
The 32-year-old entered as a pinch hitter during the eighth and struck out, but he remained in the game and during his second at-bat, Kang went deep to pull the Pirates within one in the 10th. The Pirates nearly tied the game following Kang's homer, but the tying run was thrown out at the plate. Kang has three home runs in his last nine games and possesses a .246 ISO, but the problem is he's batting only .184. He also has 10 homers, 24 RBI and 15 runs in 158 at-bats this season.
Kang started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts before being removed for a pinch hitter Sunday.
He's slashing .282/.300/.667 with four homers and eight RBI in his last eight starts dating back to June 27, but a 0:13 BB:K sell-out approach limits his playing time. An improved Colin Moran at third base and Kevin Newman at short also hurt Kang. Both alternatives are under club control for 2020 while Kang is not. Despite a strong spring training performance, coming back to the majors after nearly two seasons away has proven to be a challenge for the 32-year-old.
Kang went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 10-4 loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
The 32-year-old may have finally turned the corner. He's hit four homers in the last 10 games, but that's not really anything new. He possesses a .242 ISO this season, but the problem is Kang is only batting .179. The good news, though, is in addition to the power, he's hitting .321 over his last 10 games. Kang has hits in seven games and posted two multi-hit contests during that stretch. Overall, he has nine homers with 21 RBI and 14 runs in 145 at-bats this season.
Kang went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's victory over the Cubs.
Kang took infielder Daniel Descalso deep in the seventh inning for his seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot that stretched the Pirates' lead to 10. Even after the homer, Kang's season line sits at an ugly .162/.225/.369 in 46 games.
Kang will start at third base and bat seventh against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Tuesday marks Kang's fifth start in June. He's 4-for-18 with a homer and four RBI since coming off the IL. The 32-year-old has made four appearances at shortstop in 2019 but has spent the majority of his time at third base. Recently his time has been muted by a combination of his own struggles and the strong offensive production of third baseman Colin Moran and shortstop Kevin Newman.
Kang went 1-for-4 with a walk in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to Atlanta.
His single to left field clocked in at 114.5 mph. Kang saw time at third base and shortstop, giving him four appearances at short. Since returning from Triple-A, he's gone 3-for-13 with a homer and two RBI. He's already whiffed four times, however, giving him a 31.3 percent strikeout rate for the season. Colin Moran has played well lately, making Kang more often an option saved for appearing off the bench. Moran and shortstop Kevin Newman are starting over Kang on Thursday.
Kang went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
Kang gave his club an early lead with a two-run blast to center field, but Milwaukee would come back to close out the series finale with a victory. The 32-year-old picked up his first base knock since returning from the injured list, so he'll look to ride that momentum into Monday's matchup with Atlanta. Kang is slashing .137/.204/.326 with five homers and 10 RBI through 33 games in 2019.
Kang will bat seventh and play shortstop Sunday against Milwaukee.
Kang has played 3.1 innings at shortstop this season but last started a game at the position at the major-league level back in 2015. It's odd to see him move back up the defensive spectrum at age 32, especially as he's not considered a particularly strong defender at third base, but he's currently the only player on the Pirates' roster other than Kevin Newman with any significant experience at the position. In any case, Kang will have to dramatically improve upon his .132/.202/.297 season slash line if he's to be fantasy-relevant at any position.
Kang (side) was activated from the injured list as expected Saturday.
Kang struggled to an ugly 133/.240/.300 slash line prior to landing on the injured list in mid-May. He's expected to serve on the short side of a platoon with Colin Moran at third base now that he's healthy.
Kang (side) is expected to be activated from the IL on Saturday, Dejan Kovacevic of DKPS reports.
He's hitting .444 with one homer and six RBI in 27 at-bats for Triple-A Indianapolis on his rehab assignment. Perhaps more encouragingly, he holds a 4:8 BB:K. Kang struggled to an 8:31 BB:K in 90 MLB at-bats prior to his injury. The 32-year-old led the Grapefruit League with seven homers but flamed out in regular-season play. He's played three games at both shortstop and third base for Triple-A Indy and will likely serve as a platoon partner for the hot-hitting Colin Moran at third base.
Kang (side) will join Triple-A Indianapolis for his minor-league rehab assignment Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Kang has been on the injured list for almost two weeks with the left side strain but is nearing his return to the Pirates. The 32-year-old was 0-for-22 in the nine games prior to the injury and has a .133 average this season, so he could spend a little extended time on the rehab stint to try and straighten things out.
Kang (side) resumed hitting in the batting cage with no restrictions this week and has also been taking part in throwing and fielding drills, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Kang will hit on the field at some point during the upcoming days. That activity would mark the final step in Kang's recovery process before he would gain clearance to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Given Kang's immense struggles at the plate prior to suffering the side injury, the Pirates may keep the 32-year-old on the farm for an extended stretch rather than rushing him back onto the active roster after a couple of rehab games.
Kang was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained left side, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
This explains why Kang is out of the lineup against a left-hander (Robbie Ray) Monday. According to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic, the veteran third baseman will be shut down for at least three days before being reevaluated, after which a timetable for his return will hopefully emerge. Jake Elmore was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Kang's place on the roster.
Kang went 0-for-3 against Texas on Wednesday and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.
He does have four hits in nine career at-bats against Thursday's starter Michael Wacha, but his 2019 start has proven disastrous. He's striking out at a 32 percent clip in 87 at-bats and has fallen off defensively. Still, Kang remains the team's eighth-highest paid player ($3 million) and won't likely be designated for assignment anytime soon. The third baseman is slashing .138/.211/.310 with four home runs in 95 plate appearances.
Kang is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
Kang finds himself on the bench for the fourth time in five games in favor of Colin Moran, who seems to have usurped him as the Pirates' top third baseman. Each of Kang's recent four benchings has come against right-handed starting pitchers, suggesting he's stuck in the short side of the platoon.
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