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Pirates Are Going to Find Playing Time For Josh Harrison as a Super Utility Player

Pirates Are Going to Find Playing Time For Josh Harrison as a Super Utility Player

Josh Harrison has had a phenomenal year so far. He has played second base, third base, shortstop, and the corner outfield spots. He's been a leadoff hitter when the Pirates needed a leadoff guy. He was a right fielder before Gregory Polanco arrived, bridging the gap while the Pirates waited for their top prospect to arrive. He filled in as the second baseman when Neil Walker was out. Overall he's hitting for a .304/.348/.473 line in 198 plate appearances this year, which raises the question of where he will play now that Walker has returned.

Tonight he is starting at third base, with Pedro Alvarez moving to the DH in an American League park. But the Pirates will soon return to NL parks, which will make it harder to fit Harrison in the lineup. Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle doesn't feel Harrison needs a specific position, and can have success in a utility role.

"He has responded well, being a guy that plays to his versatility," Hurdle said. "He's learned positions for a reason. He'...

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