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.
Kang went 0-for-4 and made a pair of errors in Friday's 14-1 loss to Oakland.
His slash line is down to .152/.212/.342 with four homers and eight RBI. Kang has whiffed a whopping 28 times in 79 at-bats. He also appears to be on the verge of developing a case of the yips, double pumping before he throws to first base. After leading the Grapefruit League with seven homers, the third baseman's fortunes have fallen. It wouldn't be surprising to see Pittsburgh start Colin Moran more frequently at third base with Kang spending time on the bench.
Kang is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Kang will sit for a second straight game as Colin Moran picks up another start in his place at the hot corner. The veteran infielder is slashing just .260/.222/.360 with four homers and 28 strikeouts through 81 plate appearances (21 games) this season.
Kang is on the bench Tuesday against Texas.
Kang has yet to get going at the plate this season, hitting .160 while striking out 34.6 percent of the time. Colin Moran starts at third base.
Kang went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and double in an 11-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
After a very strong spring training, owners were hopeful Kang would hit the ground running early in 2019, but that didn't happen. Even after two hits Wednesday, Kang is hitting .167 with four homers, eight RBI and five runs in 60 at-bats. Kang batted sixth in this one.
Kang isn't starting Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Kang will get another day off with Luke Weaver slated to toe the rubber for Arizona. Kang has struggled to a .108 average in 41 plate appearances against right-handed pitching in 2019, so the Pirates will turn to the left-handed-hitting Colin Moran at the hot corner for the second straight day.
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