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Josh Harrison’s Season Is Over…Most Likely

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting second baseman, Josh Harrison, strained his groin while he was running around first base in Sunday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates announced that Harrison’s time frame to return is from four to six weeks. Harrison will stay with the team in hopes that he will be able to play at some point in the postseason.

Harrison hit a ball into the right field gap and as he hustled around first he strained his groin. Harrison slid into second clearly in pain as he pounded on the second base bag before being taken off the field. This is bad news for Pittsburgh, Harrison was hitting .405 AVG with a .951 OPS over his last nine games.

Without their lead-off hitter gone for the rest of the regular season the Pirates will give utility player Sean Rodriguez and rookie Adam Frazier opportunities to play second base for the rest of the season. Rodriguez will get the start on Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harrison is staying positive about his situation:

“It’s not devastating in the sense that I still got to play a good part of the season. If things shake out here over the next 20-something games and we find our way, I could be a little closer. If not, just get ready for next year.”

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle commented on Harrison’s injury:

“Josh was playing some good baseball. He was really contributing offensively at the top of the lineup.  There’s some disappointment on his part, because he wants to finish. He was finishing strong.”

Harrison had a pretty solid season so far, producing a batting line of .283 AVG/ .311 OBP/ .388 SLG with 59 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Currently, the Pirates are 6 games away from the second wild card slot. Harrison may be able to return if the Pirates make the playoffs, with 21 games left in the regular season anything can happen.