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Huntington: Kang will need time if, when he arrives

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MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Other than to say the Pirates are "still waiting" on the process aimed at getting Jung Ho Kang a United States work visa, Neal Huntington didn't have any updates Sunday morning about the estimated time of arrival for his team's starting third baseman.

However, Huntington could confirm that -- if Kang can return at all this season -- he'll report to Bradenton first, no matter whether the regular season has begun. In other words, he'll have to take an indeterminate time to ramp up away from the team before he can jump into major-league competition.

"The focus right now is to get through the visa process," Huntington said at LECOM Park prior to the Pirates' afternoon Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. "He continues to work hard and work out on his own. The challenge is he's in a cold-weather city (in Seoul, South Korea). We continue to stay in touch with him. He's doing everything he can do, but until we get him here and get a feel for where he's at baseball-wise, the next steps are he's going to need a spring training."