A day after Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed that third basemanJung Ho Hang would not be ready for opening day of the 2017 season, it’s become a question whetherhe willplay in 2017 at all.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued a statement later Friday confirming Kang has not yet received a work visa but saying the team is working with Kang to provide the U.S. government the information it needs for one to be granted.
"… We remain hopeful that such a resolution will be reached in the near future," Coonelly's statement read in part.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly released the following statement regarding today's reports about Jung Ho Kang pic.twitter.com/jDw7aLfdHV— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) March 24, 2017
The Pirates placed Kang on the restricted list earlier this month, which leads to the assumption that they expect him to miss a good portion of the season. Players on the restricted list are not paid.
Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdlesaid on MLB Radio Friday morning, "Your information is about the same as what I’ve got. We are staying in contact with Jung Ho and with his interpreter. … We’re focused on the men we have here. We’d love to have him back.”