Mercer (forearm) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds. The veteran shortstop exited Saturday's contest prematurely after being hit on the arm by a batted ball, and it seems like the Pirates will play things safe and keep him out of the final game of the season. Unless he manages to make a pinch-hit appearance, Mercer will end the season with a .696 OPS, six homers and 39 RBI, all of which are his lowest marks since 2015. Kevin Newman will take over at shortstop for the season finale.
Mercer left Saturday's game against the Reds with forearm discomfort after being struck by a batted ball. The injury didn't appear serious -- though he was struck by 102-mph groundball -- and Mercer's removal was described as precautionary. In fact, he remained in the game and batted twice before leaving. With the year nearly over, however, even a one-game absence would spell the end of Mercer's season.
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.
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