The Pittsburgh Pirates are waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive. More specifically, they're waiting for the Super Two deadline to pass, so that they can call up Polanco and avoid a hefty increase in his salary during his 0-6 years. One of the big issues with this has been the struggles from right fielders Travis Snider and Jose Tabata. The combined struggles of those two players, plus the fact that Polanco wouldn't be up until mid-June, led to increased playing time for Josh Harrison.
So far, Harrison is making the most of that added time. Prior to delivering the eventual game winning hit tonight, Harrison had a .340/.392/.553 line in 47 at-bats since May 3rd, which was his first start in right field. He has received increased playing time in right field since that point, and has started the last five games in a row at the position.
Obviously when Polanco arrives, there won't be room for Harrison in right field. His current success at the plate comes in a very small sample size,...
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