The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Jung Ho Kang on the restricted list. The restricted list allows a team to remove a player from the 40-man roster who is unavailable , but at the same time, the team retain that player's rights.
Kang went to trial for his third DUI last Wednesday and received a suspended sentence. That allowed him to immediately join the Pirates in Spring Training, though he hasn't arrived in camp yet due to visa issues. The Pirates will make an official announcement later today, at which time we will update this article.
UPDATE 1:30 PM: Pirates president Frank Coonelly told Stephen Nesbitt of the Post-Gazette that the move is just procedural and it relates to Kang's visa issue.
UPDATE 6:20 PM: Release from the Pirates via Twitter:
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