Harrison had his $10.5 million 2019 club option declined by Pittsburgh on Wednesday, making him a free agent, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Harrison received a $1 million buyout due to this move following eight straight seasons in the big leagues with the Pirates. During the 2018 season, he played in just 97 games -- his lowest since 2013 -- hitting .250/.293/.363 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and three stolen bases. The 31-year-old second baseman will look to find a new home this winter, though Harrison may not get enough opportunities on the field to bounce-back to the fantasy production he enjoyed the previous few years.
Harrison went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee. Harrison doubled home a pair in the fifth inning, cutting the deficit to five runs. He's struggled to get on the field in September while dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, appearing in just five games. He's pieced together a .252/.294/.368 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 95 contests this season.
Harrison is not in the lineup Sunday against the Brewers. This marks the second game in a row Harrison will watch from the bench as the Pirates continue to ease him back into action following a hamstring injury incurred at the end of August. Adam Frazier will man the keystone in his stead.
Harrison is not starting Saturday against the Brewers, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Harrison has started just twice in September while battling a nagging hamstring injury. Adam Frazier will start at second base in his absence.
Harrison is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals. Harrison returned to the lineup Monday for the first time since Aug. 31 after battling a nagging hamstring injury, going 1-for-4 with a solo homer. He'll retreat to the bench Tuesday as the Pirates look to ease him back into action. The veteran second baseman could continue to cede starts to rookies Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer down the stretch as he continues to monitor his balky hamstring. Kramer is starting at the keystone in this one.