Re­port: Pi­rates’ Kang de­nied visa to en­ter U.S.

In­fielder re­cently was con­victed of DUI in South Korea.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Pitts­burgh Pi­rates in­fielder Jung Ho Kang re­port­edly was de­nied a visa to en­ter the United States af­ter a DUI con­vic­tion, his third, re­sulted in a sus­pended sen­tence.

Pi­rates gen­eral man­ager Neal Hunt­ing­ton, who said Thurs­day it was “un­re­al­is­tic” to ex­pect Kang to be ready for open­ing day, did not re­spond on the re­port.

Kang was con­victed of leav­ing the scene of a DUI ar­rest in De­cem­ber and sen­tenced to eight months in jail, sus­pended for two years. He has ap­pealed the sen­tence.

Pi­rates spring train­ing be­gan more than a month ago, but Kang missed the be­gin­ning to at­tend his trial and sen­tenc­ing in Seoul, South Korea, where he was ar­rested Dec. 2 af­ter crash­ing into a guard rail. His blood al­co­hol level was re­port­edly 0.084, above the Korean le­gal limit of 0.05.

Blue Jays: Sec­ond base­man Devon Travis played five in­nings of de­fense and had an RBI dou­ble Fri­day in his spring train­ing de­but. “It’s a big step right there,” he said. “My knee felt good. I’m ex­cited.” Travis has been slowed by a bone bruise on his right knee. He had off­sea­son surgery to re­move a small flap of car­ti­lage. His sta­tus for the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son has not been de­ter­mined. Travis hit .300 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 101 games last sea­son.

White Sox: Car­los Rodon was scratched from his spring start Fri­day due to left bi­ceps tight­ness, and gen­eral man­ager Rick Hahn said the left-han­der likely would be­gin the sea­son on the dis­abled list. Rodon also had an MRI that showed no struc­tural dam­age.

■ Chicago said left-han­der Jose Quin­tana will start open­ing day against the Tigers.

Tigers: Right fielder J.D. Martinez is ex­pected to miss the be­gin­ning of the sea­son with a right foot in­jury. Martinez sprained his foot last week­end, and man­ager Brad Aus­mus said he is ex­pected to be out three to four weeks. Martinez hit .307 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in 120 games last sea­son.

In­di­ans: Right fielder Lon­nie Chisen­hall left Fri­day’s spring train­ing game against the Cubs with an in­jury in the bot­tom of the sec­ond in­ning. Chisen­hall hit the right-field wall while try­ing to track down a long fly ball off by Munenori Kawasaki. Chisen­hall was shaken up but was able to get to his feet.

Rock­ies: Right-han­der Jon Gray left his spring train­ing start in the third in­ning Fri­day with sore­ness in his left foot. Gray went 2⅔ in­nings against San Fran­cisco and gave up five runs be­fore ex­it­ing the game. He could be the team’s starter when the sea­son opens April 3 in Mil­wau­kee.

Na­tion­als: Sec­ond base­man Daniel Mur­phy thinks he will be ready for the start of the sea­son, even with his lack of play­ing time in the World Base­ball Clas­sic. Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker is tak­ing a wait-and-see ap­proach. “You can talk all you want,” Baker said. “He wasn’t com­fort­able when he left and he didn’t get many ABs.” Mur­phy went hit­less in six at-bats for gold medal-win­ning Team USA. Mur­phy doesn’t think he needs that many at-bats to be ready for the start of the sea­son.

Cubs: The team wants Kyle Sch­war­ber to catch in a game. Sch­war­ber, who un­der­went surgery 11 months ago to re­pair two torn lig­a­ments in his left knee, will start in left field this sea­son but needs work as an emer­gency third catcher. “We’re still work­ing on that,” man­ager Joe Mad­don said. “It can even be in a mi­nor league game. It doesn’t have to be here. We’re try­ing to pick the right time to get that done.”

JUSTIN K. ALLER / GETTY IM­AGES

The Pi­rates’ Jung Ho Kang, cel­e­brat­ing a homer in Septem­ber, has yet to re­port to spring train­ing in Florida.

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