MLB Notes: Pirates' Jung Ho Kang Avoids Jail Time in DUI Case

SEOUL, South Korea -- Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang received a suspended two-year prison sentence for fleeing the scene after crashing a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The sentence handed down Friday by the Seoul Central District Court was a heavier punishment than the 15 million won ($13,000) fine prosecutors had sought, but still clears the 29-year-old Kang to join the Pirates for the baseball season.

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"I am sorry, and I am repenting a lot," Kang said after the ruling.

Kang was previously fined twice on drunk driving-related charges in 2009 and 2011. He is in the third year of a four-year, $11 million contract he signed with Pittsburgh in 2015 after a stellar eight-year career in South Korean professional baseball.

Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Friday that the team will work to secure Kang's work visa and sit down with him before deciding whether to discipline Kang (see full story).

Red Sox: David Price consulting specialists for elbow soreness
Red Sox left-hander David Price was scratched from his first spring training start and will consult with specialists after experiencing soreness in his left forearm and elbow.

Price, who is scheduled to make his first spring start this weekend, underwent an MRI on Wednesday but results of the test are not yet available. Still, Price is expected to seek second opinions from Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neil ElAttrache, who are at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. He would likely travel to Indianapolis for consultations.

Manager John Farrell said Price threw 38 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday and felt no discomfort. He first noticed the soreness Wednesday morning.

"He's gone through some soreness in the forearm/elbow area in previous spring trainings but this one has got a little bit more intensity to it," Farrell said.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the club was setting up appointments for Price (see full story).

White Sox: Veteran infielder Brett Lawrie placed on waivers
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brett Lawrie has been put on waivers by the Chicago White Sox, who plan to release the infielder.

Unless Lawrie is claimed, which is unlikely, he would receive $573,770 in termination pay rather than the $3.5 million salary in the non-guaranteed contract he agreed to in December.

Chicago announced the move Friday. The 27-year-old was acquired in a December 2015 trade with Oakland. He hit .248 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs in 94 games in his only season with the White Sox.

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