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5 Josh Harrison 3B
Height/Weight: 5-8/195 | Birthdate: 7/8/1987 | Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 88/56 | Average Draft Position: 145.66
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Pirates 3B Josh Harrison out six weeks due to thumb injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:34 pm ET) When the Pirates posted their lineup card Monday against the Padres, starting third baseman Josh Harrison was noticeably absent. It was later revealed Harrison was placed on the 15-day disabled list and be sidelined six weeks due to torn thumb ligaments.

Harrison injured his left thumb Sunday on a slide into second base in the seventh inning. The Pirates announced he will undergo a second opinion later in the week.

Jung Ho Kang, who replaced Harrison in the starting lineup Monday, will likely see the bulk of playing time at third base in Harrison's absence. They are the only two players to start at third base this season for Pittsburgh.

Harrison heads to the DL having hit safely in five straight games. Since June 7, he is batting .333 in his last 25 games. Unfortunately, he hasn't homered in his last 43 games.


Pirates' Harrison sits Tuesday as HR drought reaches 37 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers for the first time since June 10. It was just the ninth time in 76 games this season he did not start.

Harrison is batting .346 (28 for 81) with four doubles, four RBI, six runs, three walks, 12 strikeouts and three stolen bases in his last 19 games.

He still hasn't homered in 37 games, which is the third-longest drought of his career, according to Baseball-Reference.com. His longest home-run drought was 46 games.


Neil Walker out of Pirates' lineup, Jung Ho Kang gets start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Walker has started 62 games, including the last five. 

To replace Walker, the Pirates will shift Josh Harrison to second from third base. Harrison has previously started at second 11 times this year. 

Replacing Josh Harrison at third is Jung Ho Kang, who gets his 27th start at the hot corner. 


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison heating up, but power numbers down


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Those who predicted that versatile Pirates leadoff hitter Josh Harrison could not duplicate his 2014 production felt justified most of the season. But not so much anymore.

Harrison has been on fire since early June. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and is batting .400 (22-for-55) over his last 13.

The dropoff from a year ago is most evident in his power numbers. His .392 slugging percentage has actually fallen since mid-May and is nearly 100 points down from last year. He had seven triples and 13 home runs in 2014 compared to zero triples and four blasts this season.


Pirates 2B Josh Harrison goes 4 for 4 from the plate


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison was perfect from the plate in Monday night's 11-0 victory over the White Sox. 

Harrison went 4 for 4 and drew a walk, reaching base five times. He also stole two bases, upping his total to seven for the season. All four of Harrison's hits went for singles and he notched one RBI. 

Harrison is now hitting .349 over his past 10 games. For the season, he holds a slash line of .284/.321/.405. 


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison drives in game-winning run vs. Phillies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) In a game where pitchers dominated, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison was the one that came through with his bat when it mattered most. 

In the bottom of the 11th inning against the Phillies, Harrison hit a single to center field off of Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon. The hit drove in Neil Walker for the game's lone run in a 1-0 walk-off victory for the Pirates. 

Harrison finished the game 2 for 6 and also had a stolen base. Harrison is now batting .272/.307/.395 this season.


Pirates' Neil Walker gets day off, Jung Ho Kang bats cleanup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) The Pirates shuffled their infield for Sunday's game to give second baseman Neil Walker a day off. 

After starting 17 of the last 18 games, Walker is not in the lineup. He's replaced by Josh Harrison, who moves over from third base to get his fifth start of the year at the keystone spot. 

Replacing Harrison at third is Jung Ho Kang, who gets his 18th start there. Kang is also batting cleanup for the first time in his MLB career. 


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison records second four-hit game of 2015


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison had four hits in six at-bats, including his 16th double of the season, in Friday's 1-0 win over the Phillies.

The four hits match a season-high and gives Harrison 11 hits in 36 at-bats over nine games this month. 


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison gets a breather Wednesday vs. Brewers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Brewers. It was the third time in 12 games and just the eighth time this season he wasn't in the starting lineup.

Harrison is batting .206 (7 for 34) with two doubles, no RBI, two walks, four runs and nine strikeouts in his last nine games (eight starts).


OF Josh Harrison moves up to No. 2 in Pirates' lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/8/2015) Josh Harrison will bat second for the Pirates for just the fifth time this season Monday and play right field against the Brewers. 

Harrison has six hits this month, including a three-hit effort in Sunday's game against the Braves. The versatile player has 20 at-bats in the two-hole this season, and has picked up four hits and one RBI. 

Against Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, Harrison has just one hit in six career at-bats. 


Pirates' Josh Harrison collects three hits Sunday vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison went 3 for 4 with a walk, a double and a run in his team's 3-0 win over the Braves on Sunday.

Harrison was back serving as the team's leadoff hitter with Gregory Polanco, who has led off the last two days, getting the day off. He made the most of the opportunity, managing his first three-hit game since May 20. He has hit .265/.304/.397 with four home runs, 18 RBI and four stolen bases in 204 at-bats.


Pirates' Josh Harrison returns to the hot corner on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison returned to the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Braves.

Harrison received the night off and saw Jung Ho Kang will slide over to the hot corner on Friday. Harrison had been in the lineup in 20 of the previous 21 games before getting a breather. He is hitting .365 with two homers, seven double and 12 RBI on the season.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison gets a day off Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is out of the lineup for Friday's clash with the Braves. Harrison had been in the lineup in 20 of the previous 21 games and each of the last five games, so he'll get a breather on Friday.

In that 20-game span, Harrison is batting a robust .365 with two home runs, seven doubles and 12 RBI. Jung Ho Kang will handle the hot corner with Jordy Mercer slotted in at shortstop on Friday.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison gets day off Friday vs. Padres


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) After starting 15 straight games, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is receiving a day off Friday against the Padres. Harrison has been on fire with the bat in that stretch, batting .429 (27 for 63) with two home runs and 11 RBI in those 15 games. 

Jung Ho Kang will slide over to the hot corner with Jordy Mercer entering the lineup at shortstop. This is likely just a rest day for Harrison, and he could be back in the lineup on Saturday.


Pirates move Josh Harrison to right field, Jung Ho Kang to third


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Pirates normal third baseman Josh Harrison will bat leadoff on Tuesday, but will be lined up in right field, the team announced. The move allows Jung Ho Kang to draw his eighth start at third base this season. The move pushes Gregory Polanco to the bench.

Harrison will make just his third start in the outfield this season, his second in right. Harrison is hitting .255 with 14 RBI in 161 at-bats this season. 


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison on a tear at the plate of late


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison has turned things around at the plate. On May 10, general manager Neal Huntington suggested Harrison was pressing too much to prove his worth. Harrison is hitting .468 (22 for 47) in 11 games since those remarks and Huntington is estatic for him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It looks like a guy that's having fun playing the game again," Huntington said Sunday. "Just showing up with energy every day and trying to do everything in his power to help a club win versus trying to justify. It’s fun to watch him get back out there and be the guy he is."

Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 on Sunday and noted his contract may have factored into his early struggles.

"The contract could have played a little into it," he said. "It's no secret I knew I was a contract guy. But that doesn't make me approach the game any different. It's just a matter of, you know, I got off to a rough start."

Harrison is now hitting .261 with 14 RBI in 157 at-bats this season.


Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker out of Pirates' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) First baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker are both out of the Pirates' Sunday lineup. 

Alvarez is replaced by Sean Rodriguez, who gets his second start of the year at first base. Rodriguez will hit sixth.

Walker's absence requires shifts at all other infield positions. Josh Harrison moves over from third place to replace Walker at second. Jung Ho Kang moves to third from shortstop, and Jordy Mercer returns to the lineup at short, for just the second time in eight games. 


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison drives in two, extends hit streak to 10


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to 10 games, as he went 2 for 4 in Saturday's win over the Mets. Harrison knocked a two-run double in the fourth inning off Matt Harvey, giving the Pirates a 7-1 lead. The two-bagger was his 11th of the season.

Harrison, who also stole his second base of the season, is 21 for 43 during his hitting streak with two home runs, five doubles and seven RBI. His average has gone up from .177 to .261 thanks to his hot hitting.


Pirates insert Josh Harrison in RF for Gregory Polanco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was not included in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.

Polanco will take a seat after an 0-for-5 performance the previous night. He also stranded five baserunners in that game. Polanco is hitting .177 (11 for 62) with four RBI over his last 17 games. Manager Clint Hurdle moved Josh Harrison to right field with Jung Ho Kang at third on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh is favored (-150) at home against Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Josh Harrison gets three hits for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 3 for 4 and drove in a run in Tuesday's loss to Minnesota. 

Harrison improved his average to .245 and drove in his 11th run of the season. Harrison also doubled--his tenth of the year. 


Streaking 3B Josh Harrison a key for Pirates


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Third baseman Josh Harrison has finally begun to come out of his early season funk, with another hit on Sunday extending his hitting streak to six games. 

Over that run, Harrison is hitting 12-for-25 (.480), raising his average from .173 to .230, and the Pirates have been playing much better baseball. 

"We all want to continue to get better," Harrison told MLB.com. "At the end of the day, barreling up balls is all you can control."


Pirates' Josh Harrison has huge day in 12-inning loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 4 for 6 and scored three times in Friday's 12-inning loss to the Cubs.

Harrison doubled twice and hit a solo home run. He's now hitting .222 with eight doubles, four homers and 10 RBI.


Pirates' Josh Harrison could be moving to super utility role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison made his first start of the season in left field Thursday, going 3 for 4 with a run scored in his team's 4-2 loss to the Phillies.

Harrison opened the season as the team's regular third baseman but has seen starts at second base and in left field over his last three games. Part of the reason for his unsettled role is due to the emergence of Jung Ho Kang, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"It's all going to depend on demand and what we see as the best fit for that day," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It allows us to get Kang in at third."

Harrison is no stranger to being moved around the field, having made 72 appearances at third base last season but also playing left field and right field in more than 20 games apiece while adding 17 appearances at second base and eight more at shortstop. He's hitting .200/.244/.325 with three home runs, nine RBI and one stolen base in 120 at-bats.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez not starting Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) With a left-hander on the mound Wednesday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has juggled his lineup for the matchup against the Phillies.

Left-handed batters Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez are out of the lineup, while Corey Hart covers right field and Sean Rodriguez handles first base. Josh Harrison will move up to the leadoff spot in the order.

Second baseman Neil Walker is sliding down to the seventh spot in the lineup. This is the first time all season he has hit lower than sixth in the order.


Pirates' Josh Harrison hits three-run homer in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, to lead Pittsburgh to a win over Philadelphia on Tuesday. 

Harrison went 1 for 3, improving his average to .177. He scored twice. He now has three home runs and nine RBI and stole his first base of the season. 

"I was looking for something up in the zone, something I could get in the air," Harrison said, per MLB.com.

"I want to be able to come in every day and do something to contribute to the team," Harrison said. "Tonight I had a chance in the fourth inning, put a good swing on the ball and it ends up going over the fence.