Polanco (shoulder) has traveled to New York to be evaluated by Dr. David Altcheck, the surgeon who performed his shoulder surgery in September of 2018, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Polanco was returned from his rehab assignment a week ago, and the Pirates still haven't gotten to the bottom of the outfielder's shoulder discomfort. More information on Polanco's status should become available following his appointment with Dr. Altcheck.
Polanco's (shoulder) has been shut down after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Polanco will head back to Pittsburgh for further evaluation after suffering a setback during his rehab outing with Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Team trainer Todd Tomczyk relayed that the outfielder's shoulder is "strong and stable," and the team is still working to "figure out the details of what's causing the soreness and the discomfort in the back of the shoulder," according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Polanco (shoulder) left his rehab outing Sunday with Triple-A Indianapolis due to shoulder tightness, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Polanco has been out since late June with inflammation in the same shoulder in which he had surgery back in September. He seemed to be closing in on a return to action before Sunday's setback. He'll rest Monday and be examined by doctors, at which point a new timeline could emerge.
Polanco (shoulder) went 0-for-1 with a walk before he was removed from Sunday's Triple-A game against Columbus.
There's been some speculation that the outfielder could join the Pirates on Monday, though there hasn't been any official word regarding his Sunday removal. The team hasn't announced any sort of injury, either. Polanco is 6-for-25 with a home run during his rehab stint. Pittsburgh's outfield remains crowded with four capable players, not including Polanco.
Polanco (shoulder) went 2-for-4 with a run in his first rehab game for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
His rehab stint is expected to carry through the All-Star break. An injury to a current starter could change the timeline, but Polanco might not resume regular playing time until after the trade deadline. The outfielder hasn't played for Pittsburgh since June 16.
Polanco (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Polanco hasn't been out particularly long, landing on the injured list on June 22. Under normal circumstances, he could be just a few days from getting back into big-league action, but with the All-Star break beginning Monday, the Pirates can afford to be cautious and bring Polanco along slowly rather than rush him back for just a game or two.
The Pirates are expected to continue working through a conservative recovery program with Polanco (shoulder), general manager Neal Huntington told 93.7 The Fan radio in Pittsburgh.
Because of the team's outfield depth, the 27-year-old will not be rushed back. Huntington acknowledged that Polanco probably came back from shoulder surgery too early in an effort to help the team. "Fatigue set in, inflammation got into his shoulder, altered his swing and throwing," Huntington said. With the team likely to showcase outfielders Corey Dickerson and Melky Cabrera as potential trade deadline targets, Polanco may not return to steady playing time until the beginning of August.
Polanco (shoulder) will take batting practice Wednesday, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Polanco landed on the injured list over the weekend with posterior left shoulder inflammation. The Pirates are unsure of his timetable for a return, but the fact that he's already set to resume hitting less than a week after landing on the shelf suggests his absence may not be an extended one. That said, Pittsburgh has no reason to rush Polanco back, especially with the team looking to showcase trade candidates Corey Dickerson and Melky Cabrera.
The Pirates are unsure of Polanco's (shoulder) timetable for a return, general manager Neal Huntington told 93.7 The Fan radio in Pittsburgh.
"It could take a little bit of time, we honestly don't know at this point," Huntington said Sunday. The time off should help Polanco's offensive numbers, as the shoulder issues had caused his swing to grow too long -- he was slashing just .242/.301/.425 in 167 plate appearances. The right fielder's IL stint will also give Pittsburgh an opportunity to showcase trade candidates, Corey Dickerson and Melky Cabrera. Fantasy owners may want to revisit Polanco later in the season, but for now he's simply looking to regain his health.
Polanco was placed on the 10-day injured list with posterior left shoulder inflammation Saturday.
The injury perhaps explains why Polanco has started just once in the last six games as well as his .184/.245/.286 line over his last 15 contests. The outfielder underwent surgery on the same shoulder last September, which delayed his start to the season this year. It's unclear if his current problem is directly tied to the procedure. Jason Martin was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.
Polanco has started only five of the last 11 games, going 3-for-19 with a 1:9 BB:K.
The decrease in production and playing time has coincided with the return of fellow outfielder Corey Dickerson. Polanco likely returned early from offseason surgery, and the team now has the luxury of playing him sparingly following Corey Dickerson's return. In fact, Polanco is tied with Melky Cabrera for the fewest plate appearances among Pittsburgh outfielders (20) since Dickerson's return June 8. Starling Marte (47), Bryan Reynolds (44) and Dickerson (27) have all seen more action in the outfield. It's quite possible the team moves one or two of the aforementioned players by the trade deadline, but for now Polanco's playing time appears to be measured as he continues his shoulder surgery recovery.
Polanco remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins.
This marks Polanco's second consecutive absence and third in the Pirates' last four games, with all three absences coming against opposing right-handed starting pitchers. Polanco has just a .243/.304/.426 line through 162 plate appearances this season, and at this point, it seems he's been supplanted as the primary right fielder by Bryan Reynolds.
Polanco is not starting Friday against the Marlins.
Polanco finds himself on the bench for the second time in three games. He may continue to lose time going forward, as he's hit .182/.250/.273 with a 47.9 percent strikeout rate over his last 13 games. Bryan Reynolds starts in right field Friday, with Corey Dickerson in left.
Polanco is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
Polanco will give way to Melky Cabrera in right field Wednesday following a string of three consecutive starts. Since the beginning of June, the outfielder is slashing .231/.310/.385 with a homer and three stolen bases in eight games.
Polanco went 1-for-4 with his third stolen base of the season Monday.
He's stolen three bases in his last five games after starting the season with no steals in 32 games. Since coming back ahead of schedule from a surgically repaired shoulder, Polanco has posted a .250/.314/.443 line with six homers and 17 RBI. His throwing arm still isn't back to its pre-surgery strength, but he continues to play. Polanco could see a bit more rest following the return of Corey Dickerson, however, as the team has stated it intends to rotate the pair, along with Melky Cabrera, through one outfield spot in the near term.
Polanco is not starting Saturday against the Brewers, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Corey Dickerson returns from his shoulder injury to start in left field, with Bryan Reynolds shifting over to right. The playing-time split in the corner outfield spots for Pittsburgh now that Dickerson is back remains to be seen.
Polanco went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two stolen bases in a 7-4 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.
The steals were his first and second of the season, marking just the second time since 2015 he's swiped multiple bags in the same game. Polanco entered Wednesday's tilt batting .160 in his last 50 at-bats. With fellow outfielder Corey Dickerson (shoulder) expected back soon, Polanco will need to keep hitting or risk losing at-bats. He's 1-for-7 with a homer and two RBI against Thursday's starter Mike Foltynewicz.
Polanco will bat sixth Wednesday against Atlanta.
Polanco returns to the lineup after sitting for two straight games. He'd previously hit either second or third in each of his starts this season, but he'll tumble down the order after hitting .172/.238/.345 over his last 16 games.
Polanco sits for the second straight game Tuesday against Atlanta.
Polanco is in the middle of a slump, hitting .172/.235/.345 over his last 16 games. Melky Cabrera again gets the nod in right field.
Polanco pinch hit Sunday and reached base on a catcher's interference call.
The outfielder has struggled mightily over the last two weeks, batting .175/.235/.333 since May 14. In addition, Polanco has struck out 26 times in his last 69 plate appearances. If he continues to struggle, then it's conceivable he could lose playing time whenever Corey Dickerson (shoulder) returns from his rehab stint.
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