NEW YORK -- Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison was removed from the Bucs' 11-1 win over the Mets in Sunday's series finale at Citi Field during a bizarre seventh inning due to right calf discomfort. The move was precautionary, and he is considered day to day.Harrison was hit by an
NEW YORK -- Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison was removed from the Bucs' 11-1 win over the Mets in Sunday's series finale at Citi Field during a bizarre seventh inning due to right calf discomfort. The move was precautionary, and he is considered day to day.
Harrison was hit by an 86.3-mph slider from Mets reliever Josh Edgin with one out in the seventh, the 10th time this season he's been plunked. That total trails only Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the most among all Major League players.
This is the second time Harrison has been hit by a pitch to the right calf, which is particularly unusual considering it's the right-handed Harrison's back leg at the plate. Harrison played through the first such instance, fueled by adrenaline. But his leg stiffened up Sunday to the point that he felt it was best to exit the game.
Harrison, clearly shaken up on the play, was checked out at first base by head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk and manager Clint Hurdle. He remained in the game, however, and jogged toward second base when John Jaso, the next batter, hit a ground ball to third base.
Harrison appeared to be thrown out easily at second, where Neil Walker turned the double play. With the inning apparently over, Harrison trotted into the dugout. But after the singing of "God Bless America" and during the seventh-inning stretch, the Pirates challenged the call.
A replay review showed that Walker's foot was not touching second base when he caught the ball, so the inning continued. But it did not proceed with Harrison, who was lifted for pinch-runner Max Moroff. David Freese's RBI single plated Moroff, who remained in the game at second base after a second seventh-inning stretch.
"I'll be fine," Harrison said.
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