General manager Neal Huntington suggested last week that Frazier would open the 2019 campaign as the Pirates' everyday second baseman, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. "We feel good about Adam Frazier getting a chance to play second base on a regular basis and letting him go play one position," Huntington said. With the Pirates declining Josh Harrison's 2019 team option, the path is finally clear for Frazier to seize control of a regular gig after being deployed mostly in a utility role during parts of three seasons in the big leagues. Despite the somewhat sporadic at-bats, Frazier has been an above-average contributor at the dish during his time in the majors, slashing .280/.345/.422 (106 wRC+). Frazier won't offer much power, but if he can claim a spot near the top of the order, he could be a sneaky source of runs and steals. It's the batting-average category where he'll supply the bulk of his value, however, especially coming off a season in which the MLB mean dipped to its lowest mark (.248) since 1972.
Frazier (hamstring) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds. Frazier was forced to exit Saturday's contest with right hamstring tightness, and with nothing to play for on the season's final day, the Pirates will keep him on the bench to rest his injury. Unless he enters the contest as a pinch hitter, the 26-year-old will end the season with a .277/.342/.456 slash line to go with 10 homers, 35 RBI and 52 runs scored. Kevin Kramer will replace him at second base Sunday.
Frazier left in the fourth inning of Saturday's game with right hamstring tightness. He was replaced in right field by Pablo Reyes. The team has been conservative with a number of its players beset by minor injuries in recent days. As a result, it wouldn't be surprising to see Frazier sit out Sunday's finale.
Frazier is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Thursday. Frazier will head to the bench with left-hander Jon Lester on the mound for Chicago. In his place, Josh Harrison will start at second base and bat sixth during the series finale.
Frazier will hit the bench Sunday against southpaw Wade Miley and the Brewers. Frazier has been platooning with Josh Harrison at second base over the last 10 games. Harrison will get the start Sunday with the lefty on the mound.