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First Pitch: Where Will Josh Harrison Play When Neil Walker Returns?

First Pitch: Where Will Josh Harrison Play When Neil Walker Returns?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have a tough decision on their hands shortly. Neil Walker will be returning soon, which means the team will need to find a spot for Josh Harrison to get playing time.

Last month, I wrote about Harrison's hot streak, and where he might find time once Gregory Polanco arrived. That question was put on hold when Walker went to the disabled list. Polanco came up to take Walker's spot on the active roster, and Harrison got more playing time at second base in Walker's absence.

Now the Pirates have a trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco in the outfield, and at the top of the order. That group is starting to demonstrate why they could be the best outfield in baseball in the not-too-distant future. When Walker returns, they'll get a guy who has been one of the best hitters on the team this year. That leaves two spots available for Harrison.

The first spot is the shortstop position. Jordy Mercer has some poor numbers this seaso...

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