March 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Pittsburgh Pirates third
baseman Jung Ho Kang has been denied a work visa, leaving the
South Korean unable to enter the United States and his status
for the 2017 season in doubt.
According to a Korean media news report Friday, the U.S. Embassy
rejected Kang's visa application.
Kang was convicted in South Korea earlier this month after
leaving the scene of a DUI accident on Dec. 2 in Seoul. He
received a suspended eight-month jail sentence and recently
filed an appeal, which will reportedly be heard in early April.
It was Kang's third drunk-driving arrest in his home country
after previously being charged in August 2009 and May 2011.
Kang is also suspected of a drunk-driving offense in a country
other than Korea or the U.S., according to the Korean news
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Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is expected to miss up
to four weeks due to a right foot injury.
Martinez was diagnosed with a sprain of the Lisfranc ligament
during an examination. He will wear a cast for seven to 10 days
before being re-evaluated.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was surprised by the timetable.
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Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon could open the season
on the disabled list after he was scratched from his Friday
start due to left biceps tightness.
Rodon was scheduled for an MRI exam.
"It's too early to speculate how long we'll be without Carlos,"
general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. "Since we are slowing
down his schedule by having him miss a start today, the odds are
probably that he'll start the season on the DL." (Editing by
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