Gregory Polanco didn't exactly have a breakout in his first full season in the Pirates' outfield, but he made himself relevant in standard mixed leagues by scoring 83 runs and stealing 27 bases. Hitting leadoff for the Pirates has its benefits, but Polanco wasn't proficient at getting on base and he didn't help Fantasy owners much with batting average, home runs or runs scored. Polanco may still have some untapped potential, and at worst, he should be a safe bet to repeat as a top-40 outfielder.
The Pirates gave Polanco a clean bill of health Thursday. The outfielder was hampered by an injured left knee periodically thorughout the 2015 season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Polanco, who received a PRP injection following the season, believes the injury contributed to his uneven results - he hit nine homers with 27 stolen bases but compiled a .256/.320/.381 slash line. "It was very difficult," Polanco said "When my knee really started hurting, I couldn't push when I was running, and I couldn't load my backside when I was hitting. It was very hard season, but it made me tougher. It made me feel I can play when I'm not 100 percent. It made me a better player." Polanco's 6-foot-5 body frame might lend itself to injuries. That said, Pittsburgh will likely rely on his offense in 2016 more than ever with the departures of left-handing hitters, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker.
Polanco got a PRP injection in his left knee after the season, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Bill Brink reports. This is simply a bookkeeping note, as Polanco will be ready for the start of the 2016 season, and presumably won't be troubled by the knee that ailed him at the end of the 2015 campaign. He is a popular breakout candidate and could contribute across the board in his age-24 season.
Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco (knee) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. After sitting out Saturday with the minor knee issue, Polanco will resume leadoff duties and man right field. It's possible that any lingering soreness may result in Polanco acting less aggressively on the basepaths, but it shouldn't inhibit him to the point that fantasy owners will want to consider benching the 24-year-old.
Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Cubs. Polanco still isn't completely healthy with a knee that continues to slow him down. That said, the Bucs could be going with Travis Snider in right field on Saturday because he's gone 5 for 11 with two homers off starter Jason Hammel.
Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is back in the lineup and leading off Friday against the host Cubs. The 24 year old had to miss a start due to his knee acting up, but his return will allow Pittsburgh to run out what figures to be its usual lineup against left-handed starters going forward.
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