Pirates Jung Ho Kang Out for Season

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The Pirates might be one of most dangerous teams in baseball right now. They’ve been flying under the radar all year just winning ball games in the shadow of the much more noticed Cardinals in the NL Central. But this is a major set back for the playoff bound ball club.

Jung Ho Kang’s agent announced he will undergo season ending surgery after sustainingĀ a torn left MCL and fractured tibia in Thursday’s game against the visiting Cubs. The injury happened when Chris Coghlan slid into second to break up a double play.

Sep 17, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Chris Coghlan (8) slides into the left knee of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang (27) during the first inning at PNC Park. Dang left the game after suffering an apparent injury. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Chris Coghlan (8) slides into the left knee of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang (27) during the first inning at PNC Park. Dang left the game after suffering an apparent injury. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports




Coghlan was a good sport about it and said the following:

“It’s an unfortunate circumstance. I hate that he’s hurt, I really do. I sent him over a letter, I hope he’s ok…You never want to injure anybody. At the same time you have to play the game hard.”

Jung Ho KangĀ also released a statement through his agent today:

“It is unfortunate that what would be considered heads up baseball would cause such a serious injury…That said, Coghlan was playing the game the way it should be played. I’m confident he meant no harm. I appreciate everyone’s support.”

I love how everyone handled the situation. Everyone can agree this was a good hard baseball play well within the confines of that description. Losing Kang will be a big hit for the Pirates, he was hitting .287 with 15 HRs for the Buccos this season.