I received word from two different sources that Gregory Polanco will be getting the call to Pittsburgh on Thursday, and will be activated for Friday's game. He is still in Indianapolis, and is expected to leave tomorrow for Pittsburgh.
Polanco has been destroying Triple-A pitching, and the only reason he is down is due to Super Two status. If he is called up on Friday, and remains in the majors the rest of the year, he will end the season with 115 days of service time. The projected cutoff at the end of this year is two years and 128 days. That cutoff has never been lower than two years and 122 days, which occurred after the 2013 and 2010 seasons.
With Polanco expected to join the team, that could signal the end for either Travis Snider or Jose Tabata. Both are in the starting lineup tonight against the Padres, but the Pirates would only have room for one of them with Polanco in the majors.
Calling Polanco up on Friday means that he will be activated in time for a big series a...
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