During Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Jung Ho Kang was taken out while trying to turn a double play by Chris Coghlan.
The collision injured Kang and he was taken out of the game with what his agent, Alan Nero, called a "serious injury."
There was quite a bit of outrage on Twitter, some calling Coghlan's slide a dirty play. Both the Pirates and Cubs acknowledged there was no ill intent by Coghlan.
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Pirates infielder Neil Walker said that it's something players are taught to do. "We're taught to go in hard. We're taught to go in to get the guy off their feet," he said postgame via MLB.com. Unfortunately this led to a situation where we have one of our hottest hitters out for probably an extended period of time."
Cubs manager Joe Maddon agreed: "That's a good baseball play -- it's been going on for the last 100 years. There was no intent by anybody."
Kang, through his agent, says he's confident Coghlan meant no harm:
Though there hasn't been an official word on the injury, it looks like Kang will be out for the foreseeable future.
He has been one of the most impactful players on the Pirates, owning 4.2 wins above replacement in his rookie season.