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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%: 68/30 | Average Draft Position: 145.67
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Pirates bench Josh Harrison, Jung-Ho Kang on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) The logjam on the left side of the Pirates infield has both Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang out of the lineup Thursday at Miami. Aramis Ramirez will play third with Jordy Mercer at short.

Harrison has slumped since his return from injury with two hits in 13 at-bats. Kang, however, has hit safely in six of his last seven starts in maintaining a fine slash line of .289/.364/.457.


Josh Harrison in, Neil Walker out of Pirates lineup Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) Pirates just-activated infielder Josh Harrison will return as a starter at second base Friday night against San Francisco lefty stud Madison Bumgarner. Neil Walker is out of the lineup.

Harrison is batting .322 (19-for-59) against left-handers this season.


Pirates activate 3B Josh Harrison from DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) The Pirates have recalled versatile Josh Harrison from his rehab assignment and designated for assignment reliever Josh Wall, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Harrison, whose versatility will be needed with Aramis Ramirez remaining a strong option at third base, has been out with July 6 with a thumb injury. He returns on a five-game hitting streak and with a slash line of .279/.313/.384.


Return of 3B Harrison, SS Mercer creates issues for Piates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2015) Clint Hurdle has declared that Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer could be back at some point during the weekend series against San Francisco.

Harrison is rehabbing after thumb surgery. He has been out for seven weeks. Mercer (knee strain) has been sidelined for a month.

Their comebacks will create quite the logjam on the left side of the infield. Jung Ho Kang is the current shortstop with Aramis Ramirez at third.

"I love the job that (Kang) has been able to do in Jordy's absence at short," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Jordy is a better defender at short, so you have to weigh the two. Kang is a very good defender at third. Ramirez has done a nice job. We've got all those pieces ... I think we have a very good idea of what we want to do and how we want to do it."

Harrison could return to a super-utility role. Mercer would appear to be the odd-man out unless Hurdle prioritizes defense at that position.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison (thumb) begins rehab stint on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/11/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison began his minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday. The versatile Harrison went 1 for 4, playing nine innings as the third baseman for Triple-A Indianpolis.

Harrison has been out for about six weeks with a thumb injury. The Pirates have not announced an updated timetable for his return to the lineup.


Pirates' Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer heading to Triple-A for rehab


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/10/2015) A couple of injured Pirates infielders are on the mend and working their way back to the lineup.

Third baseman Josh Harrison will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. Harrison has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a thumb injury.

Meanwhile, shortstop Jordy Mercer is also expected to begin a rehab stint at Triple-A on Tuesday. Mercer suffered a knee injury on July 19 and was expected to miss six weeks. But his recover has gone a lot quicker than anticipated. 

"We kind of took baby steps all the way up to the last couple days, when we really extended and pushed, and it’s responded really well," Mercer said Sunday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. There’s nothing else we or I need to do to confirm or tell myself I’m ready. We’ve checked all those boxes."


Pirates' Harrison, Mercer headed for rehab assignments


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison (thumb) and shortstop Jordy Mercer (leg) are ready to embark on rehab assignments, manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday.

Mercer will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, while Harrison will join Indianapolis on Tuesday to begin his rehab assignment.


Pirates' Josh Harrison taking ground balls


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is performing baseball activities again as he recovers from thumb surgery. 

Harrison had a procedure in mid-July to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. 

He fielded ground balls before Sunday's game, with a protective glove covering the thumb, per the Pittsburgh Tribune.


Report: Pirates talking to Phillies about Ben Revere, Jeff Francouer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) The Pirates have discussed potential trades with the Phillies surrounding outfielders Jeff Francouer and Ben Revere, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Tribune

The Pirates need someone to fill in at the leadoff spot, with Josh Harrison on the disabled list and are hoping Revere will be able to fill the role.


Pirates' Josh Harrison staying positive following thumb surgery


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) Josh Harrison is one of the more energetic players in the game right now. And now, the Pirates utility man is using that energy to keep a positive outlook on his recent thumb injury.

Harrison underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, and he will miss about seven weeks. But the ever-delightful Harrison is staying upbeat despite his current scenario.

"I always look at it as, it could have been worse," said Harrison, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I put things in perspective to know that people out there have it worse than me. There are some guys that have had Tommy John [surgery] that are out a year and a half. There’s really no need for me to get bent out of shape when I have an opportunity to come back this year and help make a playoff push."


Doctor confirms diagnosis on Pirates 3B Josh Harrison


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Shelved Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison has had his original diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb confirmed by Dr. Thomas Graham, per WPXI. He is expected to be sidelined for seven weeks.

Harrison sustained the injury Sunday on a slide into second base.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison out six weeks due to thumb injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) 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.