A few news items, with h/t to WPHill:
Jung-Ho Kang is trying to find another path into the US:
I have no clue how this works, but I’m inclined to think the idea is to find some dim bulb on the embassy staff who’s not up on current events. That’s assuming there’s anybody IN the embassy after today . . . .
Batters obviously are overwhelmed by the name “Montana DuRapau,” but the staff at the medical lab was apparently less intimidated:
Per MLB: Minor League pitcher Montana DuRapau, currently on the Pirates' Triple-A roster, received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) January 19, 2018
This is probably not a helpful development for a marginal prospect on the cusp of reaching the majors. DuRapau had a non-roster invitation to spring training. I don’t know what will happen to that.
That big first baseman the Pirates signed out of Australia is actually going to be a pitcher. Connor MacDonald apparently throws hard (sub. req’d), but has almost no experience on the mound. Stranger things have happened . . . .