Harrison is out of the lineup for the fifth straight game Wednesday against Cincinnati.
Harrison only appeared off the bench once over that stretch. He’s battled a hamstring issue for much of the season which caused him to sit for eight games out of nine for a stretch in late August, so it’s likely that the issue is persisting, though it’s also possible that Adam Frazier, who starts at second base Wednesday, has simply moved ahead of him on the depth chart.
Harrison is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.
This will mark Harrison’s fourth straight game on the bench. No injury has been announced at this point, though the veteran second baseman has dealt with a balky hamstring for much of the season. Adam Frazier has also been locked in at the dish — hitting .352 across 33 second-half games — leaving the Pirates no reason to push Harrison. Frazier will start at the keystone in this one.
Harrison is not in the lineup Monday against the Reds.
Harrison will stick on the bench for a third straight game while Adam Frazier picks up his second start in three games at the keystone. There has been no word of any injury at this point, but the veteran second baseman has dealt with a lingering hamstring issue for most of the season, missing four games last week because of the issue.
General manager Neal Huntington said Archer, who no-hit the Braves for the first five innings he threw Saturday, pitched exclusively out of the stretch to simplify his approach and repeat his motion.
Speaking on his weekly radio show, Huntington said Sunday that pitching out of the stretch exclusively is a way to “simplify, to minimize body movement, to get in one position and maximize what you get out of that spot.” Archer threw his fastball at a season-high rate of 54.7 percent. After compiling a 6.45 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with Pittsburgh in August, the right-hander is finally showing glimpses of the potential that led the team to spend so heavily for him at the deadline.
Cervelli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Braves.
The Pirates will start their third different catcher of the series with Jacob Stallings behind the plate in the finale while Cervelli retreats to the bench for the second time in three days. With the Pirates fading from playoff contention and Cervelli having endured multiple setbacks on the health front this season, it wouldn’t be surprising if his usage was more limited in September compared to previous months.
Harrison (hamstring) went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday in Atlanta.
Making his first start since Aug. 25, Harrison played just his second complete game in two weeks. With four extra-base hits and an OPS of .664, the second baseman has batted a punchless .261 over the last month. Harrison may lose playing time to rookies Kevin Kramer and Kevin Newman in September, but his nagging hamstring injury may be his impediment to playing time.