Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison will miss about six weeks with a fracture in his left hand.
Harrison Update: Josh Harrison was examined by Allegheny Health Network hand specialist Dr. Ed Birdsong today, and it was determined that he sustained a fracture to the 5th metacarpal of the left hand.— Pirates (@Pirates) April 16, 2018
The estimated return to competition is approximately six weeks.
The bone is the same one he broke last year, costing him the last month of the season. Harrison was hit by a pitch thrown by Marlins’ right-hander Jose Urena. Harrison didn’t entirely hide his feelings about the incident.
“I don’t know if I really have the words right now that are appropriate for TV, but I’m pretty frustrated,” Harrison said.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) April 15, 2018
The Pirates, as we know, dealt with it on the field. Unlike certain lowlifes who formerly resided out west, they did it without hurting anybody. They also spared the baseball world any Tony-LaRussa-like lectures about pitching inside.
No replacement has been named yet, although there’s an obvious candidate.
The Pirates also will have to make a roster move shortly to accommodate newly acquired reliever Enny Romero.
UPDATE: It’s not official yet, but . . .