The Pirates have optioned infielder Josh Harrison back to the Indianapolis Indians today. Harrison has been with the Pirates for about 3.5 weeks, and has appeared in 16 games in that time, playing mostly third base. He also missed a few days due to an oblique strain. He hit .283 (17-for-60) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI in that time, with one walk and 5 strikeouts. Harrison was hitting .321 for the Indians when he left at the end of May, with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, and 11 RBI. While solid at the plate, the Pirates have some concerns about Harrison's defensive play. He made 10 errors while with the Indians and one error since joining the Pirates.
The next move that's expected is for the Pirates to call up infielder Chase d'Arnaud (photo). D'Arnaud is hitting .280 for the Indians, but while he began the season with a slow April (hitting .217), he stepped it up to .329 in May and .299 for June. He also has 12 RBI in May and 14 RBI in June. He's also hitting lefties much better than right-handed pitching: .258 vs Left, and .241 vs Right. D'Arnaud is not on the Pirates' 40-man roster, so
the Pirates will have to make another move to open up a spot.