Polanco went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Phillies. The right fielder's two-run single in the fifth plated Jody Mercer and Matt Joyce, erasing a 3-2 deficit. Polanco now has exceeded his June RBI total with nine but has struggled through his worst month of the season in July, hitting only .196 over 51 at-bats.
Polanco will lead off Wednesday for the Pirates for the first time this season. Polanco, who has spent most of the season hitting second, third or sixth, will lead off for the first time this season as the Pirates take on Chase Anderson and the Brewers. Polanco has three hits in eight career at-bats with a home run against Anderson.
Polanco went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored against the Brewers on Tuesday. Playing for the first time in 11 days, Polanco tested his hamstring on several occasions and showed no residual effects of the injury. The outfielder makes for a good play Wednesday, as he has three hits in eight career at-bats -- including a double and homer -- against starter Chase Anderson.
Polanco will hit second and play right field in his return to the Pirates lineup on Tuesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Polanco, who hasn't played since July 8 with a hamstring injury, will face off against Junior Guerra and the Brewers in his return to the Pirates starting lineup. Polanco will look to continue his breakout campaign with the Pirates in the second half. On the season, Polanco is hitting .287/.362/.500 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI. The only real regression in his game this season has been his nine stolen bases, which is on pace to be lower than his 27 in 2015.
GM Neal Huntington sounded fairly confident Polanco (hamstring) would be activated from the DL by Tuesday. "We feel Polanco will be ready to go on Tuesday," Huntington said. Speaking on his Sunday radio show, the general manager said the team will decide Polanco's short-term fate before Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, the last day Pittsburgh can place him retroactively on the DL. The outfielder last played July 8 against the Cubs.
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