Pirates Pregame: Mercer’s Role and Hurdle on Strasburg

Pirates Pregame: Mercer’s Role and Hurdle on Strasburg

Jordy Mercer will start at second base again today when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals. Mercer, as many of you probably know by now, was called up Friday afternoon when Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth inning of the Pirates 3-1 win.

Jordy Mercer will start at second base for the Pirates on Saturday against the Nationals.

Mercer had been playing extremely well for Triple-A Indianapolis but almost exclusively as a shortstop. The common thought is that Mercer will be groomed as the club's shortstop of the future, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that for the time being Mercer's role will be as a utility infielder.

"Those kind of thoughts and conversations would always be held intern...

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