Newman went 0-for-3 with a walk and his first stolen base of the season in Sunday's 4-1 loss to San Francisco. His overall numbers (.204/.236/.255) remain abysmal, but he has shown glimmers of hope with a .236 batting average in 72 at-bats since April 24. Primarily due to injuries of his teammates, Newman has batted second in the lineup over the last five games. He ranks second among all shortstops with a 3.5 WAR on defense and his competition for playing time, Erik Gonzalez, is batting just .149 since April 25.
Newman is not in the lineup Friday against the Cubs. Newman will take a seat after starting the past three games and going 2-for-11 with one walk and one strikeout. Erik Gonzalez will take over at shortstop while Todd Frazier starts at third base Friday.
Newman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports. Newman started the past eight games and will receive a day off after going 7-for-28 with one homer, four RBI and three runs during that stretch. Erik Gonzalez will start at shortstop and bat sixth Sunday for Pittsburgh.
Newman went 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI in Friday's 7-3 loss to the Cardinals. The Pirates were unable to record any extra-base hits in Friday's contest, but Newman put the team on the board with a two-out single in the bottom of the fourth inning. Newman is now hitting .205 with a home run, six RBI and six runs this season.
Newman went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI on Saturday against Minnesota. Newman took Michael Pineda deep in the fifth inning, going back-to-back with Michael Perez. It was his first home run of the campaign and only his third extra-base hit overall. Newman has yet to get his bat going, hitting just .176/.208/.250 across 72 plate appearances.