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Polanco injured, scratched from Saturday’s lineup

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Gregory Polanco, who was originally slated to play right field and bat second for the Pirates on Saturday night against the Cincinnati Reds, has been scratched from the lineup due to right foot discomfort.

Polanco fouled a ball off of his foot in Friday night’s game and appeared to be in pain. Although the Pirates outfielder finished the game, the pain apparently never fully subsided.

The 26-year old is off to a hot start this season, leading the team with a 1.212 OPS through seven games, but spent most of 2017 dealing with knee and hamstring issues that limited him to 108 games played.

Polanco is officially day-to-day with the injury, but a move could be made if he is forced to miss more than a couple of games. The Pirates are currently playing with a four-man bench.

In his pre-game press conference, Clint Hurdle indicated that the team might utilize the 10-day disabled list more liberally because of the shallow bench. Tonight, however, the Pirates will presumably enter the game with just Sean Rodriguez, David Freese, and Francisco Cervelli available in the dugout.

Adam Frazier will instead bat second and play right.