Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is showing that his great production in Korea translates just fine to America by hitting .313 with an .823 OPS through 33 games.
Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a good article about Kang’s first two months in the majors, which includes the following two excerpts.
First, here’s how Kang fits really well into the Pirates’ clubhouse dynamic despite not speaking much English:
“He’s a great teammate, always jokin’ around with us, and, even though his English is limited, he’s a good guy to have around in the clubhouse,” Pirates reliever Jared Hughes said. “It’s a side of him that fans don’t see on the field, but he’s a really funny guy.”
And here’s my favorite part of the article:
“Girls,” he joked when asked his favorite thing about America. “No, the food. I like steak. I have nothing to complain about.”
Neither do the Pirates. They made a modest commitment of $11 million to sign Kang after his incredible 2014 season in Korea and have already gotten most of that value through two months of a four-year contract.
Masahiro Tanaka struggled in a minor-league rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A, lasting only three innings while allowing three runs, and now the Yankees aren’t sure what their plan is for the injured right-hander.
He could be asked to make another rehab start and he could be activated from the disabled list to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation. Or as manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:
He could be anywhere. We have to see what we think is the right thing to do.
In addition to pitching through a partially torn elbow ligament Tanaka is on the disabled list with forearm and wrist soreness. He threw just 61 pitches Wednesday, so that alone would seem to suggest that he won’t be activated from the DL yet.
Bad news on injured Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’s been diagnosed with a torn quadriceps muscle and may need surgery.
No word yet on how long he’s expected to be sidelined, other than Goold speculating that it’ll be “significant time.”
Adams was off to a slow start this season, but he’s hit .277 with a .770 OPS in 320 games for the Cardinals since debuting in 2012 and has been particularly good versus right-handed pitching. In his absence Mark Reynolds will take over as the primary first baseman and rookie Randal Grichuk could also be in line for more playing time.