Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang, who was arrested back in December after fleeing the scene of an accident he caused while driving under the influence, is set to go on trial in South Korea on February 22.
This was Kang’s third DUI arrest. He has already lost his license and was fined the equivalent of $13,000 or so. He recently agreed to participate in an alcohol treatment program.
The Pirates’ first full-squad workout is February 17. Kang can request to have the trial date moved. Whether they’ll move it all the way until October or November, when Kang’s responsibilities with the Pirates are done for the year, is an open question.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.