Frazier (knee) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
Frazier exited Monday's series opener after fouling a ball off his knee, and the issue is apparently bothersome enough to keep him on the bench Tuesday. Josh Harrison is starting at the keystone and hitting seventh in his place.
Frazier hit his second homer in as many games Sunday, going 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Brewers.
General manager Neal Huntington said during his Sunday radio show that Frazier could see more playing time with Josh Harrison (hamstring) unlikely to return to full health before season's end. Since his recall in late July, Frazier is slashing .354/.400/.634 with 11 doubles, four homers and 17 RBI in 90 plate appearances. He's also making a case for the starting job at second base next year, though his defense remains a concern.
Frazier went 1-for-2 with a walk, a three-run homer and an additional run scored in Saturday's win over the Brewers.
Frazier walked in his first at-bat before busting the game open in the eighth inning with a three-run homer. The 26-year-old now has four hits and five RBI over the past two games, and he's hitting a solid .339/.400/.597 across 19 games this month. Frazier could be in line for some increased playing time if Josh Harrison, who exited Saturday's game with hamstring tightness, is forced to miss any time.
Frazier went 3-for-7 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Brewers.
He continues to rake when given the chance -- Frazier's got a .357/.413/.589 slash line with two homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs in 17 games -- but only 11 starts -- this month. The Bucs aren't scheduled to face a left-hander until the Marlins come to town in the first week of September, and with Josh Harrison (hamstring) at less than 100 percent, Frazier could see an uptick in his playing time.
Though Frazier was out of the lineup for the third time in four games, it didn't prevent him from making an impact off the bench. He entered the contest in the bottom of the ninth and reached base after being hit by a pitch, then swapped in for Corey Dickerson in left field and delivered the decisive hit two innings later. Since being promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis in late July, Frazier is slashing .390/.422/.661 across 59 at-bats, but it doesn't look like he'll be in store for a full-time role with the Pirates committed to Josh Harrison as their everyday second baseman.
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