Polanco was placed on the injured list Tuesday for unspecified reasons. The Pirates announced the move without an injury designation, so it's possible Polanco has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list. The 29-year-old will be eligible to return once he clears league protocols if that is indeed the case. Regardless, he should be considered out indefinitely until any specifics are provided. Hunter Owen had his contract selected by the Pirates in a corresponding move.
Polanco went 0-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and steal in Pittsburgh's 2-0 loss to San Diego on Monday. Polanco walked with two outs in the second and subsequently stole second to get in scoring position but failed to do anything else of note. The fourth stolen base places him among the league leaders and is already more than his totals from 2019 and 2020.
Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's 12-5 loss to St. Louis. He's 8-for-23 with a homer and two stolen bases in his last six starts. Moreover, Polanco features some of the best numbers of his career against Sunday's starter, Carlos Martinez. The lefty has 14 hits in 29 at-bats against Martinez, including six extra-base hits and an 8:3 BB:K.
Polanco isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Royals. Polanco has recorded hits in each of his last four games, but he'll take a seat Wednesday with left-hander Mike Minor starting for the Royals. Wilmer Difo will take over in right field and bat seventh.
Polanco went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Twins. Polanco led off the seventh inning with a single and scored on a Kevin Newman RBI single. In the eighth, Polanco added a solo shot to pad the Pirates' lead. The 29-year-old outfielder is slashing .213/.314/.393 with three homers, four RBI, 10 runs scored and two stolen bases through 18 games. Sunday was his first multi-hit effort since April 14.