Polanco is hitting .200 (7 for 35) with a walk, two stolen bases, two doubles and two RBI in eight games.
Hart has made one start so far this season and is hitting .500 in six at-bats. He is a career .269 hitter while playing right field and .268 while batting fifth.
"He's just being challenged right now," Hurdle said. "We've seen Starling get in some funks. He's been able to work his way out of them. One of the ways you help him is just to sit him down, give him a chance to catch his breath."
He is hitting just .115 with 14 strikeouts in 26 at-bats this season. The Pirates are currently the favorites (-120) over the Tigers Tuesday.
McCutchen came out of Friday's game with knee soreness and did not play Saturday. He's 2 for 16 with one home run this season but has extensive experience against Sunday starter Kyle Lohse, batting .317 with two home runs and eight RBI in 41 at-bats.
The Pirates are resting third baseman
The Pirates are underdogs (+105) against the Brewers Sunday.
The two sides previously discussed a deal in the seven-year, $50 million range before talks stalled. It's uncertain if the Pirates and Polanco will work out a deal before the start of the season.
Polanco hit .235 with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 2014. He turned the initial offer down due to low prices on his option years. The goal for both sides is to work something out so that negotiations don't carry into the season.
Polanco revealed that when he's swinging, he normally stops his hands when it passes over home plate. But late last season (particularly in August and September), he said that fatigue led to his hands stopping behind the plate, and not over it.
"My hands weren't as fast as in the beginning. I started getting tired," Polanco said. "I was missing a lot.
"If you see my at-bats in September, you can see I was missing a lot. ... I was taking a lot of walks. My eyes, I can see the ball good, but my hands were late."
Polanco made his much-anticipated debut in 2014, and slashed .247/.317/.348 through June 10 through July 31. He batted .212, with a .291 on-base percentage over 99 at-bats in August and September.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|4/18/2015 vs Milwaukee|
|vs Simon (Career)||3||1||0||.333||.500||.333|
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|2011||ASX-State College Spikes||3||10||0||1||0||0||0||1||--||2||0||0||.100||.100||.100|
|2012||AFX-West Virginia Power||116||437||84||142||26||6||16||85||44||64||40||15||.388||.522||.325|
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