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First Pitch: Is Gregory Polanco’s Move to Right Field a Sign?

First Pitch: Is Gregory Polanco’s Move to Right Field a Sign?

The Pittsburgh Pirates can't seem to catch a break offensively this year.

All year the outfield has had one hole: right field. You might not have noticed this, but after standing pat at the trade deadline, the Pirates have seen Jose Tabata hit for a .298/.365/.491 line in 57 at-bats. That's a small sample size, and Tabata has been known to have streaky performances where he will go on hot streaks, then fail to sustain that hitting. That said, any production out of right field this year is great to see.

Of course now that the Pirates are getting production out of right-field, left-field becomes an issue. Last Sunday, Starling Marte went down with a hand injury. Today he was placed on the disabled list. We don't know how serious the injury is. There's reason to believe that Marte could return when he's first eligible on September 3rd. The main reason would be that if the injury was serious, I don't think the Pirates would have waited to see if Marte could return in a few days befor...

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