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Bench Role An Adjustment For Josh Harrison

Bench Role An Adjustment For Josh Harrison

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Infielder Josh Harrison learned a lot from his rookie season in the majors in 2011 with Pittsburgh. The 24-year-old began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis before making his Major League debut at third base on May 31 against the New York Mets. Harrison went on to appear in 65 games with the club. He bounced around with the Pirates playing at third and second, and over the offseason Harrison spent time playing short, a position he played in college at the University of Cincinnati. He also spent time in spring training getting reps in left field to further expand his versatility.

Harrison said his experience last year in the Majors has definitely helped him this year into adjusting into a bench role after spending the majority of his professional role as an everyday player.

"Last year definitely helped a lot," Harrison said. "I know [Pirates Manager] Clint [Hurdle] likes to use his bench. I learned that last year so I know this year, being in that same ro...

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