Frazier is absent from workouts for the second straight day Friday with an groin injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Manager Derek Shelton said Frazier was "a little dinged up" but didn't specify exactly when the injury occurred. This doesn't sound like anything more than normal wear and tear, and he still has more than a month to prepare for Opening Day, so there doesn't seem to be much reason to worry.
Frazier was named the Pirates' starting second baseman Monday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Frazier started 40 games at second base last season as well as 13 more in left field. His .230/.297/.364 slash line was rather unimpressive, but the Pirates aren't exactly loaded with talent at the big-league level right now. Erik Gonzalez, Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker are the team's top alternatives at second base, with someone among that group likely to start at shortstop in most games.
Frazier agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Frazier has typically graded out pretty well in the field but was pretty unlucky at the plate last season. He has a career .303 BABIP but that mark was down to .246 in 2020, leading to a career-worst .230 batting average. Most projection systems expect him to get back up in the .265 range, but he probably won't chip in enough home runs or stolen bases to be sought after in most formats.
Frazier went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Pirates' 7-0 win over the Cubs on Thursday.
Frazier's long ball off Alec Mills was his second in as many days. The outfielder added an RBI single an inning later and now has seven homers and 21 RBI on the campaign.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI and a run scored Wednesday as he helped the Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Cubs.
Frazier got things rolling right away as he opened up the bottom of the first by taking Kyle Hendricks deep to right to knot the game up at one apiece. The Pirates would then promptly take the lead after Ke'Bryan Hayes sent a ball flying over the center-field wall the very next at-bat to put his team up 2-1. Frazier's homer Wednesday snapped an 11-game drought as the 28-year-old has struggled at the plate for a majority of the season, hitting .220/.290/.335 with six home runs, 19 RBI and 19 runs scored across 211 plate appearances.
Frazier isn't in the lineup for the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Frazier went 0-for-1 with three walks and two runs during the first game of the doubleheader, but he'll take a seat for the nightcap. Bryan Reynolds will shift to left field with Jason Martin starting in center.
Frazier is not in the lineup Tuesday against Cincinnati.
Frazier hits the bench after starting 10 straight games. Bryan Reynolds slides to left field in his absence, with Cole Tucker starting in center.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Royals.
He swatted his fifth homer of the year in the third inning, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead that Trevor Williams quickly squandered. It was Frazier's first long ball since Aug. 22, but he's been making solid contact despite the power drought, slashing .292/.378/.354 over his last 20 games.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's 3-2 win over Cincinnati.
The 28-year-old extended his hitting streak to 10 games, during which he's collected 12 hits in 31 at-bats plus an 8:5 BB:K. After bouncing around the bottom of the batting order for several games, Frazier has moved back up to the No. 2 slot. He's also moved back to second base after playing several times in left field. Frazier has only one extra-base hit ( a double) in the last 10 games, but at least the career .275 hitter has lifted his slash line to .234/.303/.340.
Frazier is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Reds.
Frazier has a modest six-game hit streak and has a .919 OPS during that stretch, but he'll take a seat for Friday's matinee. Kevin Newman shifts to the keystone while Erik Gonzalez starts at shortstop in Game 1.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.
He's strung together a modest four-game hitting streak (5-for-14) with three walks. For the season, however, Frazier continues to struggle with a .210 batting average and six extra-base hits in 134 plate appearances. He moved down to eighth in the batting order, albeit against tough lefty Jon Lester, for just the second time in 2020. Frazier's name came up at the trade deadline and it wouldn't be surprising to see him traded in the offseason.
Frazier is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Frazier has started the past five games, going 5-for-20 with a home run and four RBI during that stretch. In his absence, Kevin Newman is covering second base and hitting third.
Frazier went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, two runs and three RBI during Saturday's 12-5 win over Milwaukee.
The 28-year-old was 2-for-19 with six strikeouts over his past five games, so Saturday's outburst was a welcome sight. Frazier still has plenty of work to do with a .198/.240/.352 slash line through 22 games.
Frazier is not starting Thursday against the Indians, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Frazier has started the past 10 games, going 8-for-44 with a pair of home runs and a stolen base during that stretch. Kevin Newman is covering second base in his stead Thursday, with Erik Gonzalez moving to shortstop and JT Riddle entering the lineup at third base.
Frazier went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Reds.
Frazier led off the game with a solo home run into the right-field stands, his third long ball of the season. He scored an additional run in the second inning after singling in the midst of a massive rally by the Pirates. Frazier has started the campaign slowly, but now has three multi-hit efforts in his last four starts. His .194/.250/.343 line is still subpar, but Frazier has started to heat up at the dish.
Frazier went 2-for-6 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 17-13 extra-innings loss to the Tigers.
His second homer of the season couldn't have been more timely -- with the Bucs down to their final strike, Frazier slammed a fastball from Tigers closer Joe Jimenez over the wall deep in right-center field to tie the score. This was Frazier's first multi-hit performance of the season, however, and through 13 games he's slashing just .170/.241/.302.
Frazier is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins.
Frazier had started every game for the Pirates to begin the season and is currently riding a three-game hitting streak. However, Kevin Newman will shift to second base Monday with Erik Gonzalez taking over at shortstop and batting ninth.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Brewers.
Frazier went deep in the eighth inning to put the Pirates ahead 8-6, which was ultimately the final score. It was his first home run of the season. Frazier had been fairly quiet at the plate prior to going yard, and he has reached base only four times in 22 plate appearances to this point.
Frazier is expected to serve as the team's starting second baseman and occasional designated hitter, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The 28-year-old could bat third in the lineup, replacing the departed Starling Marte. Manager Derek Shelton said that while Frazier was a "good enough athlete" to play in the outfield he would likely stay at second base. "There's no plans for him to go out and play left. It's just to be in the infield, at second," Shelton said. "I would assume he's going to get some DH days because it gets him off his feet." Frazier spent the last couple months working out at Mississippi State, where he played collegiate baseball.
Frazier is expected to primarily play at second base in 2020 while occasionally shifting to the outfield when the team utilizes a four-man outfield, The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
His offensive production in 2019 was fairly pedestrian, with the 28-year-old slashing .278/.336/.417 with 80 runs scored, 10 homers and two stolen bases in 608 plate appearances. Frazier played with a fractured right index finger for the first part of the season, however, and he still contributed defensively with the 37th highest defensive WAR (4.9) in the majors. He hit leadoff early in the season but moved to seventh following the emergence of Kevin Newman. Frazier is expected to bat higher this season, possibly even third, with former No. 3 hitter Starling Marte dealt to Arizona. The second baseman became the subject of his own trade rumors over the winter, but he'll see steady at-bats while he remains in a Pittsburgh uniform.
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