Pirates' Jung Ho Kang still shut down, will be evaluated in Pittsburgh
Jung Ho Kang continues to be unable to perform baseball activities because of a sprained left wrist. But he is symptom-free in his daily life as he remains on the disabled list for the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis .
“Jung Ho will be reassessed in the coming days,” Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. “Probably mid- to late next week he will be reassessed by (AHN orthopedic surgeon Dr. Edward Birdsong) in Pittsburgh, and we will go from there.”
Kang was shut down nine games into a Triple-A stint as he worked his way back to the majors following the visa issues that kept him in his native South Korea in 2017. Kang has not played for the Indians since June 24.
In 16 minor-league games (the first seven for Single-A Bradenton), Kang has a .310 average with and three home runs in 58 at bats. But he has just one extra-base hit and a .235 average in 34 Triple-A at bats.
Other updates from Tomczyk for players across the organization:
• Reliever A.J. Schugel (shoulder discomfort) continues to throw bullpen sessions in Bradenton, and Tomczyk said the organization is hopeful for him to begin throwing simulated games in the next week to 10 days. Then, a minor-league rehabilitation assignment of unspecified length. “Once we get him to a sim game, I think we will have better idea,” Tomczyk said. “But you’re talking probably a full rehab assignment of eight, nine, 10 games.”
• Sean Rodriguez (quadriceps strain) is continuing a rehab assignment; he will return to Indianapolis after spending a few days playing for Bradenton during the Triple-A all-star break.
• Indianapolis outfielder Christopher Bostick had an emergency appendectomy in recent weeks. A member of the 40-man roster and a candidate for a depth call-up to the majors, Bostick is at Pirate City in Bradenton resuming baseball activities this week.
• Nick Burdi’s recovery from Tommy John surgery has progressed to the point that the Pirates are “increasing the competition” of his simulated games in Bradenton. The righthander who was acquired in the Rule V draft will begin throwing sim games under the lights and against higher-level hitters.
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