Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Pirates INF accused of sexual assault

Chicago police are investigating a sexual assault allegation against Pirates INF Jung Ho Kang over an incident that allegedly took place when his team was in town last month, a police spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

The Pirates said Tuesday that they were aware of the investigation.

"We have been made aware of the allegation that has been made against Jung Ho Kang," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement in response to questions from the Chicago Tribune about the investigation. "We take allegations of this type extremely seriously. Pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy on such matters, this matter is exclusively before the Commissioner's Office at this time. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the Commissioner's Office. As a result of the ongoing police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time."

Kang, 29, has not been charged with a crime. His status with the team was unchanged.

According to police, the Chicago woman met Kang through Bumble, a location-based dating app that allows only women to initiate conversations. Kang invited the woman to his Magnificent Mile hotel room on June 17, hours after the Pirates had lost to the Cubs.

The woman told investigators she arrived at Kang's room at the Westin Hotel around 10 p.m. and he served her an alcoholic drink, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. She said she blacked out about 15 to 20 minutes later then drifted in and out of consciousness as he sexually assaulted her.

She told police she did not fully awaken until she was in a taxi and on her way home, according to Guglielmi.

The 23-year-old woman, who is not being identified because she is an alleged victim of a sex crime, went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to have a rape kit done on June 19, Guglielmi said. She filed a formal complaint with police 10 days later, sources said.

DAVIS TO DL: The Royals put RH closer and former Ray Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. Davis has a 1.23 ERA and 19 saves in 30 games. He is the third Royals All-Star from 2015 on the disabled list, joining 3B Mike Moustakas (right knee) and CF Lorenzo Cain (left hamstring). Kansas City called up RHP Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Omaha.

ANGELS: LHP C.J. Wilson will have season-ending shoulder surgery to address fraying of the labrum and rotator cuff. The operation is scheduled for next week.

CARDINALS: OF Brandon Moss went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle. OF Randal Grichuk was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

DODGERS: LHP Julio Urias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City after posting a 4.95 ERA in eight starts in his major-league debut. Urias, 19, is considered one of baseball's top prospects. … LHP Brett Anderson had a successful bullpen session, the first time he has thrown off a mound since having surgery in March to repair a bulging disc in his back. There remains no clear timetable for his return.

INDIANS: OF Michael Brantley, trying for a third time to return to the lineup after offseason shoulder surgery, took batting practice and said he felt strong.

TIGERS: LHP Daniel Norris went on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, a day after RHP Jordan Zimmermann also went on the DL with a neck strain.

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