Even though the Pirates have sunk out of the division race and are scrapping to hang onto a .500 record, there are still some bright spots the team can take away from the season.
One such bright spot is rookie Alex Presley, who hit .333/.402/.494 in 93 plate appearance before suffering an injury to his left hand. While Presley was certainly playing over his head, it's still possible the 26-year-old could have long-term value to the team, but he needs to play more for that to be determined. Manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettethat the outfielder is still a ways away from rejoining Pittsburgh even though he's made seven rehab appearances in Triple-A already.
"He is still working through some issues of trust with that top hand -- the thumb -- getting it in play, getting the barrel out in front, letting the ball travel, get deep," Hurdle said. "He's got to take at least another step or two along those lines before we'd be ready to recall him here. ... Subconsciously, those can hinder you a little bit."When Presley returns, he'll have to fight for playing time among an increasingly crowded outfield that holds Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Ryan Ludwick, Xavier Paul, Matt Diaz, Garrett Jones and Steve Pearce, although the latter two primarily man first base.
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