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Pirates’ Kang likely to be recommended for rehab after latest DUI

| Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:45 p.m
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang sits in the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Cardinals Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at PNC Park.

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who is facing drunk driving charges after an incident last month in South Korea, is awaiting the outcome of his initial evaluation by MLB’s Treatment Board.

It seems likely the board will recommend that Kang, who has been charged with driving under the influence three times in the past eight years, should enter a voluntary treatment program.

According to MLB’s Joint Drug Program, participation in such a program “shall be considered as a mitigating factor in any discipline imposed” by either the Pirates or the commissioner’s office.

“At the appropriate time, we will consider Kang’s participation in any treatment program that may be recommended when determining what additional club action, if any, is appropriate,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said via an email.

On Dec. 2, Kang was arrested and charged with fleeing the scene of a DUI incident. His blood-alcohol level of 0.084 was above the South Korean limit of 0.05.

Kang recently traveled to the United States for his initial meeting with the MLB Treatment Board, during which he was evaluated by medical representatives.

Coonelly declined to say whether Kang’s status could be cleared up before the start of spring training camp in mid-February.

“Our sole focus at this point is helping Kang address any issues that he needs to address to be the person and the player that we know him to be,” Coonelly said.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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