Yesterday, I reported that sources were telling me that Gregory Polanco would be called up to the Pirates on Friday, after joining the team today. My sources told me that Polanco would leave for Pittsburgh today, and would be activated for Friday's game. Shortly after, Ken Rosenthal, Dan Zangrilli, and Chris Cotillo confirmed the report. It was after this happened that Pirates officials started calling around, texting, and e-mailing that the sources being reported were wrong.
I can't speak to everyone else who reported the rumor. I don't know if they had the same sources, or different sources saying the same thing. I came out with the information first, and I don't know if that sparked their reports, or if someone else would have had it if I waited longer.
Earlier today, it seemed like the Pirates were trying to really drive the point home that Polanco was still with the Indians. Three minor leaguers posed for pictures with him in New York, in a way that didn't seem coincidental....
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