Pittsburgh’s Opening Day lineup has yet to be revealed in its entirety, but Adam Berry, the Pirates’ beat reporter for MLB.com, is reporting that Clint Hurdle has tentatively penciled both Gregory Polanco and Adam Frazier into the starting lineup.
After returning from the World Baseball Classic, Polanco spent the remainder of spring training battling shoulder soreness putting his status for the first week of action in serious doubt, so it is indeed encouraging that the Pirates will have his bat in the lineup tomorrow when they face-off against the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, Rick Porcello.
Polanco will be the team’s Desiganted Hitter while Adam Frazier, who hit a blistering .403 this spring, is slated to man Polanco’s spot in left field and serve as the leadoff hitter. It is uncertain if this arrangement will continue throughout the series, but the Pirates will likely be as cautious with Polanco’s shoulder as they can, especially with the luxury of a DH.
The rest of the lineup is expected to be released in the morning with the Bucs set to kick off things at 2:05pm Eastern Standard Time.
—In surprising news from around baseball, your Major League leader in homeruns is none other than Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner, who jacked two long balls against Arizona earlier today.