Harrison (hamstring) will participate in a workout Thursday that will determine his availability for Friday's series opener in Cincinnati, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports. Though a return to the field for Friday's game seems a tad optimistic, the club appears confident Harrison avoided any major injury when he suffered the hamstring discomfort during Sunday's game against Milwaukee. Even if he passes with flying colors, the Pirates may elect to give Harrison a couple more days off in order to be certain of his health.
The Pirates announced that Harrison exited Sunday's game against the Brewers with left hamstring discomfort, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Harrison sustained the injury while running out a groundball out in the fifth inning and was forced to limp back to the Pittsburgh dugout. Max Moroff entered the game at second base for Harrison in the top of the second inning. Harrison will be treated by the team's training staff over the All-Star break, but it's not known if he'll be ready to play in the Pirates' first game of the second half Friday in Cincinnati.
Harrison was removed from Sunday's game against the Brewers after five innings due to an undisclosed injury, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Harrison was spotted limping down the line as he ran out a grounder during his fifth-inning at-bat, so it's likely that he's dealing with some sort of leg injury. Max Moroff entered the game at second base in the top of the sixth in place of Harrison, whose injury should be clarified before the Pirates pack it for the All-Star break.
Harrison, who went 0-for-3 with a walk Friday, believes he's ready to break out after making a change to his batting stance in the last two games, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The second baseman closed his stance after getting hit on the hand with a pitch in April. "Being open is always where I've been the last couple years; I took it upon myself to do something stupid and close my stance to protect my hand," Harrison said. After slashing just .177/.185/.203 in his last 20 games (82 plate appearances) before Wednesday, Harrison went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks Thursday and has reached base five times in two games.
Harrison is not starting Tuesday against Washington. Harrison is hitting just .156/.182/.188 over his last nine games. Max Moroff gets the start at second base in his place.
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