BRADENTON, Fla. — A South Korean court last night gave Jung Ho Kang a suspended sentence of eight months in jail for fleeing the scene of a DUI incident.
Kang was sentenced to eight months in prison by the Seoul Central District Court, which then suspended the sentence for two years.
Kang’s four-year, $11 million contract runs out in two years. The Pirates hold a $5.5 million option for 2019.
This was Kang’s third DUI offense since 2009. The first two happened before he signed with the Pirates.
This morning, Pirates president Frank Coonelly reacted with a one-paragraph statement via email. Here’s the entire text from Coonelly: “Now that Jung Ho’s legal case in Korea has concluded, we will continue to work with him and his representatives in an effort to secure his work visa so that he may resume his career as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. We look forward to meeting with Jung Ho as soon as he is able to travel to the United States and having a serious discussion with him on this issue and how he has and will change those behaviors that led to the very serious punishment that has been levied against him in Korea. We will withhold judgment on what Club discipline, if any, is appropriate until we have had an opportunity to have that discussion. We will also withhold from further comment until we have an opportunity to meet with Jung Ho. Regardless of our decision on the disciplinary issue, we will do everything that we can as an organization to assist Jung Ho as he works to change his behavior and grow into the man that we know he can be.”
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Pirates (5-2): Starling Marte 8, Phil Gosselin 6, Gregory Polanco 7, David Freese 5, John Jaso 9. Kevin Newman DH, Joey Terdoslavich 3, Elias Diaz 2, Max Moroff 4. RHP Gerrit Cole.
Also pitching for Pirates: Tyler Glasnow, Drew Hutchison
>>> UPDATE 9:14 a.m. – Jason Rogers is in a walking boot, the result of an unspecified injury — the team describes it as right ankle discomfort — he sustained before Wednesday’s game. Rogers will be re-evaluated in a week.
>>> Saturday’s game: Red Sox (RHP Hector Velazquez) at Pirates (RHP Chad Kuhl), 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton. Webcast: pirates.com
Also pitching for Red Sox: RH Joe Kelly, RH Matt Barnes, RH Kyle Martin, LH Fernando Abad, RH Chandler Shepherd, RH Jamie Callahan, RH Ben Taylor
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>>> Sunday’s game: Pirates (RHP Jameson Taillon) at Yankees (RHP Masahiro Tanaka), 1:05 p.m., Steinbrenner Field, Tampa. Radio: 93.7 FM.
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