Pirates GM Neal Huntington expects injured Jung Ho Kang back in April

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In mid-September, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang suffered a torn left MCL and a fractured tibia from a takeout slide by Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan. He underwent surgery shortly thereafter, and was given a recovery timetable of six to eight months. The low end would have had him returning to action in the middle of March, while the high end would put him back in mid-May.

Pirates GM Neal Huntington¬†said Kang is more likely to return in April than May, as MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. That’s good news for the Pirates, as Kang finished third in National League Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 467 plate appearances.

As presently situated, Josh Harrison will handle second base in lieu of Neil Walker, recently traded to the Mets. That leaves third base open for Kang whenever he is healthy enough to return.