Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang has voluntarily agreed to partake in a treatment program that was recommended by a joint panel, according to his agent Alan Nero, per Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Under the league’s previous collective bargaining agreement, a joint panel has the right to evaluate an athlete when “a player is arrested or charged by law enforcement authorities with driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol, or any other criminal violation relating to the use of alcohol,” per the Post.
Kang was charged with fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in Seoul, South Korea in November. At the time of the investigation, police reported that it was Kang’s third DUI since 2009 and confirmed that his blood alcohol level was 0.084 percent which is above the legal limit of 0.05 percent at the time of the accident.
Shortly after news of the arrest, Kang was removed from Korea’s roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Neither the league nor the Pirates have handed down punishment, and general manager Neal Huntington has said he expects Kang to be ready for spring training.
Kang has played two seasons with the Pirates since coming over from South Korea and has combined for .273/.355/.483 with 36 home runs and 120 RBIs. He’s under contract for two more years with the organization and will be paid $ 2.75 million in 2017 and $ 3 million in 2018 with a $ 5.5-million club option in 2019.