Polanco went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and a stolen base in Friday's 11-10 win over Cleveland.
The outfielder got the fireworks started in the first inning by taking J.C. Mejia deep, Polanco's seventh homer of the year, and he later added his seventh steal. Despite his solid power/speed numbers, the 29-year-old continues to lag in other categories -- he hasn't had a multi-hit game in June, slashing a woeful .163/.204/.286 through 14 games on the month.
Polanco will sit against lefty Jon Lester and the Nationals on Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Polanco had started against five of the six lefties the Pirates faced from May 20 through June 5, but it looks as though he might be slipping into a platoon role. He's now been on the bench against the last two southpaws to pitch against the Pirates, with Phillip Evans serving as the right fielder on both occasions.
Polanco isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Polanco had gone 1-for-11 with an RBI and three strikeouts across the last three games. Phillip Evans will shift to right field while Ka'ai Tom starts in left field.
Polanco went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base in Friday's 9-2 win over Miami.
Polanco restored Pittsburgh's lead by plating Adam Frazier in the third inning. Through 172 plate appearances, Polanco is slashing a meager .212/.285/.364 this year. He's added five home runs, five stolen bases, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored in 45 games.
Polanco isn't starting Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Polanco started in right field in the first game of the twin bill and went 2-for-3 with a triple, a run and an RBI. He'll retreat to the bench for Game 2 with left-hander Austin Gomber starting for Colorado. Ben Gamel will take over in right field and bat sixth.
Polanco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, one walk and one strikeout in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.
Polanco had a rough start to the series, as he went 0-for-7 with a walk and six strikeouts across the last two games. However, he brought the Pirates within two runs Thursday with his homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. Polanco is now hitting .208 with five home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs this year.
Polanco went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Cardinals.
He took Jack Flaherty deep in the fifth inning for a two-run blast to get the Bucs on the board, but they were already down 6-0 at that point. Polanco has found a rhythm at the plate, starting six of the last seven games and going 8-for-23 (.348), but his numbers on the season remain fairly modest as the 29-year-old is slashing .231/.314/.394 with four homers, four steals, 11 RBI and 12 runs through 32 contests.
Polanco is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Polanco has a modest four-game hit streak but will take a seat Sunday with southpaw Alex Wood on the mound for the Giants. Troy Stokes will start in right field for Pittsburgh in the series finale.
Polanco went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in a 5-1 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.
The start was his first in nine days after he missed time while going through COVID-19 protocols. Polanco struck out three times Wednesday, bringing his total to 29 whiffs in 85 at-bats. If he can stay healthy, the outfielder seems set to see plenty of playing time with the team nursing a number of injuries. He's hitting .304 with two doubles and two homers in 23 career at-bats against Thursday's starter Anthony DeSclafani.
Polanco (COVID-19 protocols) was activated prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds. He is available off the bench.
He missed a week while going through protocols. Polanco not being in the lineup on the day of his activation is a testament to his struggles thus far. He is hitting .200 with three home runs and four steals. The power/speed contributions have been nice, but Polanco sits against all lefties -- and he's sitting against righty Jeff Hoffman on Tuesday -- which limits his ability to compile runs and RBI in this weak offense.
Manager Derek Shelton said Monday that Polanco (COVID-19 protocols) is expected to rejoin the team in the next few days, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Polanco has been on the COVID-19 injured list since Tuesday after he violated the league's health and safety protocols. Phillip Evans and Troy Stokes should continue to handle the duties in right field until Polanco is cleared to return to the team.
Polanco was confirmed to be on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday due to a violation of the league's health and safety protocols, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Polanco reportedly used a training service that was not part of the Pirates' team bubble. He was placed on the injured list Tuesday to prevent any possible case of COVID-19 spreading to the rest of the team. It's not yet clear when he'll be able to return.
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.
Polanco will sit against lefty J.A. Happ and the Twins on Friday.
The Pirates have only faced four lefties so far this season, and Polanco hasn't started against any of them. Wilmer Difo gets the start in right field on this occasion.
Polanco will sit against lefty Brett Anderson and the Brewers on Saturday.
The Pirates have only faced three lefties this season, but Polanco has been on the bench against each of them. Phillip Evans will start in right field Saturday.
Polanco went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.
He capped the scoring on the evening by taking Devin Williams deep in the eighth inning. Polanco has two homers on the year, both of which have come in the last three games, but he's still hitting only .205 (8-for-39) through 12 contests.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/18||vs CLE||W 11-10||3||1||1||1||2||1||1|
|06/16||@ WAS||L 1-3||4||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|06/15||@ WAS||L 1-8||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|06/14||@ WAS||L 2-3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/13||@ MIL||L 2-5||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|06/12||@ MIL||L 4-7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|06/11||@ MIL||L 4-7||4||1||1||1||1||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||ASX-State College Spikes||3||10||0||1||0||0||0||1||--||2||0||0||.100||.100||.100|
|2012||AFX-West Virginia Power||116||437||84||142||26||6||16||85||44||64||40||15||.325||.388||.522|