Mercer is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals. Mercer has started just four games in September as the Pirates have been giving prospect Kevin Newman his fair share of opportunities with the team out of playoff contention. Newman will once again start in his place Tuesday, hitting eighth.
Mercer is out of the starting lineup against the Marlins on Saturday. Mercer will head to the bench for the fifth time in the past eight games as manager Clint Hurdle continues to give opportunities to some of the younger players. For Saturday's matinee, Kevin Newman will get another start at shortstop.
Mercer is not starting Wednesday against the Reds. Mercer sits for the fourth time in six games. Kevin Newman will again get the start at shortstop.
Mercer is not in the lineup Monday against the Reds. Mercer will head to the bench for the third time in six games as the Pirates look to ease him back into action following his return from a calf injury last week. Kevin Newman is starting at shortstop and hitting eighth in his place.
Mercer is not starting Saturday against the Braves, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Mercer started two straight games after returning from a calf injury Wednesday but has now found himself on the bench for two in a row. There haven't been any reports of the injury flaring back up, so it's possible he's simply fallen behind Kevin Newman in the pecking order.
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