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Pirates Notebook: Harrison Feeling Comfortable at Shortstop

Pirates Notebook: Harrison Feeling Comfortable at Shortstop

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Over 18 games during Grapefruit League action, Josh Harrison has played at third, second and shortstop. Harrison, 24, is making progress at short during spring training. He is battling for a backup utility role, which would include playing games at short when Clint Barmes needs rest.

"He’s making progress," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said of Harrison at short. "There have been a couple balls that have challenged him, throws, a part of it. Just re-acclimating himself to that part of the diamond. He played there a long time ago, but we started the process early with [work at the] Instructional League. We’re feeding him all the innings we can feed him this spring."

"He made a beautiful play [Tuesday], up the middle. Big time. Beautiful play. It’s just the comfort, and the repetition, the experience of getting out there. The kids not going to get out worked. He’s not going to be out prepared now. The effort and attitude is good. You’re...

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