Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang returned to action Tuesday in the team’s first full-squad workout of the season.
Kang, listed as a limited participant, ran fielding drills and stood in the box during on-field batting practice.
Kang underwent an open reduction and internal fixation of a displaced tibial plateau fracture with a lateral meniscus repair after suffering a season-ending injury during a collision at second base during the the Sept. 17 Chicago Cubs game. The Pirates expect Kang to join the team in April.
In today’s practice, Kang hit against batting-practice-speed pitches in the cage. Although doctors cleared Kang to swing, he has not been cleared for baserunning drills or violent movements.