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Pirates' Jung Ho Kang Shares Video Of Himself Taking Grounders

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) -- Here's a positive sign ahead of the start of Spring Training later this month.

Injured Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang posted a short video to his Instagram account Friday afternoon of himself taking grounders in Florida.

Pirates' pitchers and catchers report to Bradenton for the start of Spring Training next Wednesday.

Then, the full squad reports on Monday, Feb. 22, and their first workout is the next day.

Kang suffered a devastating knee injury back on Sept. 17 when the Chicago Cubs' Chris Coghlan slid into him his left leg.

Kang had to be helped off the field by two members of the Pirates training staff.

He later underwent surgery to fix a "displaced lateral tibial plateau fracture with a lateral meniscal repair." The Pirates said he would need 6 to 8 months to recover from the injury.

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Last month though, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle offered some encouraging news about Kang's recovery.

"He's working hard six days a week," Hurdle told 93-7 The Fan. "He's in a better place than we thought he'd be at this time, so we're going to remain optimistic and give him every opportunity to continue to improve."

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