Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison left his team’s 7-3 victory over Miami on Sunday after being hit on the left arm by a 96 mph fastball from Jose Urena.
Authentic Kids Torrey Smith Jersey Harrison appeared to be hit on the protective guard covering his elbow. He walked slowly to first base, but after consulting with a trainer, he left the game.
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Early in the season, when you don’t get length from starters, it really taxes the bullpen, Hoyer said. To be effective and stay healthy, we have to have longer starts.
Fortunately, the Cubs’ relief staff has mostly been lights out, though Pedro Strop helped the Cardinals extend a 2-1 lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning on Tuesday.
The two-time defending division champs can’t rely on their bullpen over the long haul; the Cubs need their starting staff to take command.
As things settle in, they’re really going to start piling up the innings, Maddon said. I mean that. I’m not just saying that. I believe that sincerely.
In the series finale, Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland (0-2, 4.50 ERA) will square off against Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl (1-1, Elvis Dumervil Womens Jersey 5.74 ERA).
It might not be a coincidence that the Pirates’ two losses in a row coincide with the first two games missed by second baseman, leadoff man and energy generator Josh Harrison, who has a broken left hand after getting hit by a pitch Sunday.
I’ve got to find a silver lining in it somehow, Harrison said. I’ve got to keep bringing my energy.
Adam Frazier replaced Harrison in the field and at the top of the order Monday, and Sean Rodriguez did the same Tuesday. Each was 0-for-4.
This is also a series in which the Pirates’ top two starters, Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova, are not scheduled to pitch. Pittsburgh’s other effective starter, Trevor Williams, had a strong outing Tuesday but got no run support.
Kuhl has been inconsistent. In a 7-2 loss at Miami his last time out, he gave up a career-high 11 hits, although only one of them was for extra bases and he was victimized by some fielding mistakes behind him.