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(LEAD) Pirates' Kang Jung-ho set to return from shoulder injury

All News 11:48 September 05, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with latest result in para 5)

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Kang Jung-ho is expected to return from a left shoulder injury this week, the team has announced.

The Pirates said Sunday (local time) that Kang is scheduled to come off the 15-day disabled list and rejoin the big league club Monday.

Kang was placed on the DL on Aug. 20 after hurting his shoulder on a head-first slide. He had hit three home runs with a .350 batting average in his past seven games before he was injured.

For the season, Kang is hitting .243 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 77 games. He didn't begin his season until early May after recovering from leg injuries sustained last September.

Kang homered in his first minor league rehab game for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians last Thursday. He was 0-for-2 with two walks on Saturday, and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Louisville Bats.

"The first game, he played very strong. Got a ball out over the plate, didn't try to do too much with it and absolutely destroyed it," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told MLB.com before Sunday's game. "We'll see where he is today and hopefully he'll be ready to help us come win some games soon."


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