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Trial scheduled for Pirates' Kang Jung-ho over DUI charges

All News 11:09 February 09, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- A trial has been scheduled for the Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang Jung-ho over charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, though he may request a postponement to avoid conflicts with his spring training.

Seoul Central District Court said Thursday the trial for Kang has been set for 4 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Kang was arrested last December after leaving the scene of a DUI accident in Seoul. Prosecutors sought a summary order against Kang with a fine of 15 million won (US$13,095) without a formal trial, but a local court said it would further examine Kang's case through a trial.

It was Kang's third DUI arrest in Korea, and it led to the revocation of his driver's license.

A court official told Yonhap News Agency earlier this week that Kang must appear in court, but the defendant could ask to have it pushed back by submitting a formal document to the court.

In this file photo taken on Dec. 6, 2016, Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang Jung-ho faces the media as he enters Gangnam Police Station in Seoul for questioning on his DUI accident earlier in December. (Yonhap)

The Pirates' first full squad workout in spring training is Feb. 17 in Bradenton, Florida. Their general manager, Neal Huntington, recently said he expects Kang to be ready for spring training as scheduled.

According to the court official, Kang may have to attend two hearings.

Pittsburgh media reported earlier that Kang has agreed to participate in an alcohol treatment program. Though participation isn't mandatory, doing so is considered a mitigating factor in any discipline imposed by the club or Major League Baseball Commissioner's Office.

Kang finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2015, after batting .287 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 126 games. Last year, Kang launched 21 homers with 62 RBIs, along with a .255 batting average in 103 games.


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