Jung Ho Kang to miss part of Pirates’ spring training due to legal woes

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will miss part of spring training as he remains in South Korea for court proceedings related to his December arrest on drunken-driving charges.

Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington told reporters Friday that Kang will stay home at least through his Feb. 22 court date. The Pirates’ first full-squad workout in Bradenton, Fla., is set for Feb. 17.

Hanley Ramirez spoke at length about his beloved former teammate upon arrival at camp, and mentioned that Ortiz told me if he tries to come back, I’m one of the reasons he’Il come back. Because we miss each other.

Boston sports anchor Dan Roche tweeted that quote and tagged Ortiz’s Twitter handle in the process, sparking an immediate flood of replies from fans hoping Ramirez had just hinted at a Big Papi comeback.

But the man himself appeared on Twitter within 15 minutes to dash everyone’s hopes, reiterating that he’s not playing baseball anymore.

Ramirez, incidentally, went on to emphasize that point, putting it as bluntly as possible to the team’s fans:

David’s not coming back; he’s home with his family, Ramirez said, via the Boston Globe. All right? You got that, Sox Nation? We’re going to have to do it.

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