Josh Harrison has held a consistent role in Pittsburgh over the three years since his 2014 breakout, but 2017 marked the first time he produced at that level again. Although his batting average dropped for the third straight season (.272), Harrison delivered 16 homers and 12 steals, moving between second and third base enough to qualify at both positions in 2018. The home-run spike is founded on a career-high 10.0 percent HR/FB, paired with the highest flyball rate he's posted since 2013. As splits go, Harrison is good enough against righties to see near everyday playing time against them (.745 OPS) when you factor in his defensive value, but he does more damage against lefties (.857 OPS). A similar role is expected in 2018, and another uptick in value in the form of more runs scored may be in store if he returns to one of the top two spots in the batting order. While a 20-homer season isn't out of the question, expecting a combo of 10-15 homers and 10-15 steals is more prudent.
Harrison (hand) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. This move is just a formality since there's no DL in the offseason. Harrison fractured his fifth metacarpal back in early September and there's still no guarantee that he'll be ready to go at the start of spring training in mid-February.
Harrison (hand) was moved to the 60-day disabled list Sunday. Harrison has been out since Sept. 3 after being hit by a pitch, which fractured his hand. Unfortunately, moving him to the 60-day disabled list will bring the utility man's season to an end. Over 128 games, Harrison hit .272/.339/.432 and mashed 16 home runs, the most of his career. In a corresponding move, the Pirates selected Dan Runzler's contract from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Harrison has been diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand and has been placed on the 10-day DL by the Pirates. Harrison was forced to exit Saturday evening's game after getting hit by a pitch, and it was later reported he visited an orthopedic hand specialist. The utility man did not receive good news, and it turns out his league-leading 23rd hit-by-pitch will be a costly one. The team did not provide a timetable for return, but did call up infielder Chris Bostick to take Harrison's spot on the roster. Look for Sean Rodriguez to see most of the available reps at the keystone while Harrison is on the shelf, with Max Moroff another potential candidate to draw the occasional start.
Harrison will visit an orthopedic hand specialist, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates want to get a better idea of where Harrison stands after he was hit in the hand by a pitch Saturday. Sean Rodriguez replaced Harrison in the game and would presumably start at second base in the coming games if Harrison isn't cleared.
Harrison left Saturday's game against the Reds after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Harrison took his base after being plunked by a Tyler Mahle pitch, but he was replaced at second base by Sean Rodriguez the following inning. It was Harrison's 23rd hit-by-pitch this season, most in the majors.