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Polanco runs into wall, bruises face

Hurdle unsure if Bucs outfielder will play Saturday
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PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco left the Pirates' 6-5, 11-inning win over the Nationals in the first inning on Friday night with a left facial contusion after slamming face-first into the left-field wall, the team announced.

Trying to track down Bryce Harper's shot to left field, Polanco leaped to make the catch and bounced off the wall as the ball hopped away. The outfielder's face appeared to take the brunt of the blow, and he was slow to get up after falling to the warning track.

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PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco left the Pirates' 6-5, 11-inning win over the Nationals in the first inning on Friday night with a left facial contusion after slamming face-first into the left-field wall, the team announced.

Trying to track down Bryce Harper's shot to left field, Polanco leaped to make the catch and bounced off the wall as the ball hopped away. The outfielder's face appeared to take the brunt of the blow, and he was slow to get up after falling to the warning track.

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"It was a hard collision with the wall. We'll see how he's doing. He seems to be doing OK," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think the vision has somewhat settled, but we need to let him go overnight and see where he is [Saturday]."

Assistant athletic trainer Ben Potenziano and Hurdle went to check on Polanco. After a brief examination, Polanco was removed from the game.

"He said, 'I can see out of my right eye. My left eye's really dizzy, but I'm OK,'" Hurdle said. "No, you're not. If you can only see out of one eye, we're not going to keep you in the game to play left field, let alone hit."

Second baseman Adam Frazier moved to left field, and rookie Alen Hanson entered the game to play second base.

The Pirates' everyday right fielder all season, Polanco started in left only because All-Star outfielder Starling Marte is sidelined by lower back tightness. Marte exited the Pirates' 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Thursday during his second plate appearance.

"It's not exactly the way you want to start the game in the top of the first inning," Hurdle said.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

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