On Wednesday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his return to the lineup exactly one month after he left mid-game with a wrist injury. A couple days after he got hurt, his team announced his status was day-to-day, but he ended up missing another four weeks. Hanson went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI ground out in his return. He played second base and handled three putouts and had three assists. He was 1-for-15 at the plate through four games before getting hurt.

Eric Wood was on the opposing team in Hanson’s return, and he went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored. The double was his second of the winter. He is now hitting .217/.347/.300 through 18 games.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 2-for-4 with a single and a double, giving him a .267 average through 50 games. The double was his 12th of the season. Both hits came off former Pirate Brian Burres, who has been playing independent ball the last two seasons.

While his team was off last night, Elvis Escobar was added back to the active roster. He last played on November 27th, and has been out since then with a lower left leg injury. Prior to getting hurt, he hit .286/.298/.429 through his first 39 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz came on as a defensive replacement at first base for the second night in a row. He came into the game two innings earlier on Wednesday, taking over in the seventh. Unlike Tuesday, Munoz got to bat in this game and drew a ninth inning walk in his team’s 4-3 victory. He is hitting .180/.278/.250 through 40 games.

In Nicaragua, Anderson Feliz is hitting .326/.402/.514 through 33 games. He has driven in 34 runs.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. That gives him a .380 average through 26 games. He is still a free agent.

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  1. As much as I like the NH administration, I do not agree with not giving more prospects a chance. The Steelers are giving their young players more of an opportunity this year, and the Penguins did the same last year.

    Why was SRod playing so much at the end of the year? And why was an old veteran on a one year contract pitching instead of our youngsters?

    • So they could reach incentives in their contracts. Clint always hooks up his veterans Ike Hiram Roth always makes money for his partners.

    • The improvement of the three rookies on Steelers defense, and the younger Penguins Kownackle, Rust and Sheary, indicate young players need time.

      Hansen simply needs the time to allow his speed and batting eye to grow into MLB caliber play

  2. I must say that the Alan Hanson time in the Pirate’s organization has been overly underwhelming for many reasons. I truly hope he can become a good player who can help us since he has the ability and skill to do so.

      • The Pirates had him up for 32 days and used him as a starter in only 5 games. After coming to Pittsburgh Sep 1, he was used as a Pinch Runner 5 times and a 1 AB Pinch hitter 6 times. On Sep 17 he played his first game, went 1 for 2 with 2 BB, a run scored, and an RBI. Hurdle rewarded him – his next start was 6 days later where he went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Hurdle rewarded him again – his next start was 7 days later and he went 1 for 3. Does anybody remember that Sep when Neil Walker was called up?

        I do not give him a snowball’s chance in hell of playing for the Pirates. I hope he is traded to somebody who is looking for an outstanding defensive 2B. He is a switchhitter who has hit .264 as the leadoff hitter both years in the pitching-heavy AAA IL, with an OBP of around .315, and has stolen 35 bases each year in AAA. And, in both years he was the named the Best Defensive 2B in the AAA International League by Baseball America.

        • You have to deserve to play in the majors. emjayin. Hanson has NEVER done anything that suggest he deserves to play. If he is traded he will continue to do what he has done since his time in Bradenton, be a below average hitter who doesn’t take pitches but might be a good defensive player with above average speed. I once thought he would be a great Pirate but after 4 years of below average results, I decided to focus on the guys getting better not worse. Nothing Hurdle did or will do will change Hanson. Maybe the light bulb but I just don’t see it..

          • Bob: In the IL there were only a handful of hitters above .300 and I think .264 would be above average for the league – probably in the top 30 batters. I too would rather it was higher, but I love the EBH breakdown of 15 doubles, 7 triples, and 8 HR, the Walks and the SB.

            About taking pitches, he walked 32 times in 430 AB and had more Walks in 2015. Harrison, OTOH, walked only 18 times in 487 AB last year.

            The Pirates cannot afford our present 2B – they paid on the outlier season of 2014, and he has not achieved anywhere near that since. If we want to find a way to keep ‘Cutch, maybe a good start would be unloading that $18 mil we owe Harrison ($7.5 in 2017 and $10.0 2018 and the half mil to decline the option for 2019). I would love to see Hanson and Polanco at the top of the order, followed by ‘Cutch,

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