PITTSBURGH — The Pirates had a good run the last week of the first half of the 2017 season. They won five of their last six games and won consecutive series in Philadelphia and Chicago, which had some players feeling like the break actually came at a bad time.

Gregory Polanco was not one of those players. The Pirates starting right fielder had a rough first half on many fronts. He played through shoulder, groin, hamstring, and ankle injuries that hobbled him for the first two months of the season. Then, his swing betrayed him in June, when he hit .183 in 93 at-bats. He admitted Friday that the injuries bothered him for far longer than the amount of time they kept him off the field.

Polanco felt he had started to turn the corner in July, with a .406/.441/.656 line in nine games. But e...

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