A trip to the IL seemed likely for Polanco, who has been held out of the lineup since June 29 with right hip inflammation. He's been diagnosed with a bilateral adductor strain following his placement on the injured list, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The veteran did make a pinch-hitting appearance Saturday, which will extend his IL stint into the All-Star break. Perhaps more extended time off will be the key to Polanco, a .171 hitter in his last 13 starts, beginning the second half well-rested and healthy. The 29-year-old has hit .199 in 221 at-bats this season.
Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Heads to IL
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