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25 Gregory Polanco RF
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 9/14/1991 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 83/60 | Average Draft Position: 159.66
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Pirates OF Gregory Polanco ready to roll Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is back in action after a knee issue caused him to leave the game Wednesday night in Minnesota. He is set to start Thursday against the host Reds.

Polanco had his six-game hitting streak snapped when he was forced to depart the game against the Twins.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco leaves game with knee issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2015) Left knee discomfort has resulted in Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco being removed from the game Wednesday at Minnesota. Jeff Decker took his place in the fourth inning.

Polanco had finally heated up at the plate, hitting safely in 16 of his previous 18 games. He was 0-for-2 Wednesday before going down. The outfielder had been icing his knee after games, and manager Clint Hurdle thought the injury happened in Tuesday's contest. 

"I actually think he might have aggravated it late [Tuesday] night, on a play near the wall," Hurdle said. "And he just couldn't get loose today. We didn't feel it made any sense for him to push it."


Pirates' Gregory Polanco crushes fourth home run in win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco had a big night at the plate against the Nationals on Friday. Polanco went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in the 7-5 victory.

Polanco went deep for his fourth home run of the year on Friday. His two-run shot off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning tied the game up at 4-4. 

The home run ended a drought of 44 games without a longball for Polanco. Despite the lack of power, Polanco has been hitting well recently. He's batting .318 over his last 10 games.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco returns to leadoff spot Friday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/17/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is back in the leadoff spot for Friday's game against the Brewers.

Polanco started six of the team's last seven games out of the leadoff spot prior to the All-Star break. During that stretch, he hit .308 with eight hits, seven walks and four RBI.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco produces walk-off hit Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco drove in the winning run to send the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

"It means a lot, and I'm very excited for that," Polanco said, per MLB.com. "I was so excited."

Polanco delivered a single in the bottom of the 10th inning off Trevor Rosenthal. He finished the game 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Prior to his three-hit game Sunday, Polanco was hitting .179 with two doubles and four RBI in his last 16 games.


GM: Pirates have no plans to demote RF Gregory Polanco


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is batting a disturbing .148 (12-for-81) over the last month, but if he's going to work his way out of his slump, he's going to do it with Pittsburgh.

The team has no plans to demote Polanco so he can work on his hitting.

"We believe [he] is going to be a quality major league player but there are growing pains," general manager Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "And [a demotion] hasn't even been a conversation."

Polanco, who has been benched often against left-handers and sat against Cleveland righty Danny Salazar on Sunday, owns a .231 average that is at its lowest point since May 25.


Pirates' Polanco totals three hits as HR drought reaches 26 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco started July on a promising note after he struggled offensively for most of June. 

Polanco totaled three hits, including one double, one RBI, one run and one walk during a 9-3 win against the Tigers. Prior to Wednesday's game, Polanco hit .138 in his previous 20 games (15 starts).

Polanco hasn't homered in his last 26 games, which is the second-longest drought of his career, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The longest home run drought of his career lasted 28 games.


Gorkys Hernandez starting for Pirates in place of Gregory Polanco


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Polanco has started 54 games in right, including four of the last five. 

Gorkys Hernandez , just called up from the minor leagues, will start in Polanco's place. He becomes the seventh player the Pirates have started in right this season. 

Hernandez is playing his first MLB game since Oct. 3, 2012 and playing right for the first time since July 25 of that year. 


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco, 1B Pedro Alvarez out vs. lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) A matchup against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzales has both outfielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez out of the lineup for the Pirates on Sunday.

Polanco has struggled despite steadier playing time lately. He has just five hits in his last 38 at-bats and is just 5-for-32 against left-handers this season.

Alvarez is on a similar slide. He is batting .167 (5-for-30) since June 6 and is 3-for-21 against southpaws in 2015.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco in action against Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco declared that he would be fine for the Saturday game at Colorado after slamming into the scoreboard Friday night. And he was right - he is in the lineup.

Polanco has started the last four games after being benched in two of the previous three.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco says he's fine after Friday collision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) A crash into the scoreboard Friday will likely not have Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco sidelined Saturday. He has declared himself fine.

"I didn't want to come out of the game," he told DK on Pittsburgh Sports. "But they said I had to come out. But I'm fine."

The fear was that Polanco had hurt his knee.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco exits game after crashing into wall


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was forced to exit Friday's game in the seventh inning with an apparent injury. Polanco crashed into the right field wall trying to track down a fly ball, and remained on the ground for several minutes. He walked out on his own power, however. 

Polanco had been 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI prior to his exit. The Pirates have not provided details on the nature or the extent of the injury.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco sits again on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is out of the lineup for the third straight game, with the team facing a left-handed starter once again. Polanco has struggled against lefties this year, so he will be shielded from Jose Quintana on Tuesday.

Josh Harrison will handle right field duties, with Neil Walker returning to the lineup at second base on Tuesday.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco benched Monday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) A matchup against promising White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon has Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco sitting Monday for the second straight game.

Polanco, who has been out of the lineup for four of the last eight games, has just five hits in 28 at-bats against southpaws this season. He is also just 3-for-24 since June 6. His .250 batting average is at its lowest point this month.


Sean Rodriguez replaces Gregory Polanco in Pirates' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is not in the team's lineup for Sunday's game. Polanco has started 13 of the last 15 games in right. 

Replacing him in the lineup is Sean Rodriguez, who gets his fifth start and first since May 16. 


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco dealing with mild knee issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco had a large ice pack wrapped around his knee after the game Saturday and before the game Sunday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Clint Hurdle revealed that Polanco "spurred his knee" Saturday diving back to first base on a pickoff throw.

Polanco was out of the lineup Sunday but pinch-hit in the eighth innning and flied out to end his 10-game hitting streak.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Braves.

Polanco will get a breather with the Pirates facing Braves lefty Alex Wood. Jose Tabata will play right field and bat sixth. Polanco indicated that his left knee, for which he has been receiving treatment, is fine, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Pirates are road favorites (-148) in Atlanta, per VegasInsider.com.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco gets three hits in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco extended his hit streak to 10 games during his team's 5-4 loss to the Braves on Saturday.

Polanco went 3 for 4 with two RBI in the loss. In his last 10 games, Polanco is hitting .533 with 16 hits, two home runs and four RBI.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco blasts third home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco went 2 for 3 at the plate in Pittsburgh's 7-1 loss to the Padres on Sunday. Polanco did his damage in the seventh inning when he blasted a Odrisamer Despaigne offering out of the park for a solo home run, his third of the season.

Polanco is now hitting .257 with 14 RBI on the year.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco smacks second home run of season Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco connected off Padres starter Ian Kennedy for his second home run of the season during Thursday's 11-5 win over the Padres.

Polanco hit the solo home run in the second inning. He finished the game 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored. He is now hitting .247 on the season.

Prior to his performance Thursday, Polanco was hitting .333 with one RBI in his last five games.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco trying to gain consistency


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) With Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco hitting just .242 with one home run in 2015, Polanco said he's trying to find consistency in his game in the hopes of producing more at the plate, reports MLB.com.

"That's where my focus is right now," Polanco said. "Just trying to be me and do what I can do and not try to do too much."

Polanco is in his full season in the big leagues and general manager Neal Huntington said Polanco needs to rely more on his natural ability.

"Our [coaches] are working hard to get him back to just trusting his abilities, because he has the ability to play up here," Huntington said.

Polanco has particular trouble with left-handed pitching. He is hitting .173 against southpaws, but he plans to overcome his struggles.

"I know I'm going to be as I've always been. In the Minor Leagues, I hit the good lefties," Polanco said. "I'm going to get it. I just have to keep working at it every day and trust what I'm working on."


Pirates shake up lineup prior to game with Marlins


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) The Pirates will face off against the Marlins with a number of moves whithin their lineup.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli, first baseman Pedro Alvarez and right fielder Gregory Polanco -- all regulars in the lineup -- will not start on Wednesday. 

Alvarez went 1 for 4 with an RBI in his team's 5-1 win on Tuesday, but left four runners on base. Cervelli struck out twice and left two runners stranded. Polanco will be out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game.


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 OF Gregory Polanco gets rare start in second hole


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco has batted in four different spots in the lineup this season, but has not filled the No. 2 hole since April 26.

That is, until Monday.

Polanco provided some encouragement by managing his first two-hit in two weeks Sunday. He came off the bench to smack those two hits.


Jose Tabata replaces Gregory Polanco in right for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Jose Tabata gets his first start of the season for the Pirates, playing right field and batting second in Sunday's game.

Tabata was called up from the minor leagues on Tuesday. He replaces Gregory Polanco in the lineup.