Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 days ago

Harrison went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored Thursday against the Cubs.

The leadoff hitter narrowly missed a homer to left-center field, punching a line drive halfway up the padded wall. While Harrison is still looking for his first stolen base and has only three RBI, he's showing signs of breaking out of his early-season malaise.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 weeks ago

Harrison opened Monday's home opener with a homer on the game's first pitch in a 5-4 win over Detroit.

The dinger snapped a 1-for-15 stretch since Opening Day. Harrison may have been pressing a little bit since signing a contract worth a guaranteed $27 million during the opening series in his hometown of Cincinnati. He's never faced Tuesday's starting pitcher, Shane Greene, before. Harrison hit .307 in 407 at-bats against righties in 2014.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 weeks ago

Harrison is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers.

Harrison, who is off to just a 3-for-19 (.158) start, will return to action after receiving his first day off of the season Sunday. As he did in the Pirates' first five games, he will man the hot corner and bat leadoff Monday afternoon.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 weeks ago

Harrison is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, Travis Sawchik of MLB.com reports.

There aren't any indications that this is due to injury, so chalk it up to rest unless something comes out going forward. Korean import Jung-ho Kang will fill in at third for the recently extended 27-year-old.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 weeks ago

Harrison agreed to a four-year, $27.3 contract with the Pirates on Wednesday. The deal includes team options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The pact buys out Harrison's final two years of arbitration and also his first -- and possibly second and third -- years of free agency. Harrison is not a lock to remain at third base long-term, but he will likely play there as long as Neil Walker is in Pittsburgh, and could slide over to second base down the road unless Walker signs an extension of his own. Harrison is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .315 to go along with 13 home runs, 52 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 3 weeks ago

Harrison went 2-for-4 with a double Monday afternoon.

He batted leadoff and scored on an Andrew McCutchen home run. Harrison, who enters 2015 with a full-time job at third base for the first time in his career, figures to score plenty of runs atop Pittsburgh's lineup while hitting in front of McCutchen and company.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 1 month ago

Harrison is hitting .313 in 32 at-bats after dealing with an ankle injury early in camp.

He batted leadoff Thursday, where he will likely slot during the regular season. The third baseman will have a tough time replicating his 2014 numbers (.315/.347/.490), but he's shown few signs of slowing down this spring. Newcomer Jung-Ho Kang has struggled at the plate and Pedro Alvarez has transitioned to first base from third, paving the way for full season of hot corner action from Harrison.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

Harrison went 0-for-2 with a walk Monday against Minnesota.

He made some nice plays defensively and looks to be recovered from the ankle injury which kept him out of action for five days. Skeptics of Harrison rightly point to the .353 BABIP which helped him to a .315 batting average in 2014, but he did post a very similar .317 batting average and .360 BABIP in 296 Triple-A plate appearances in 2013.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

Harrison will bat leadoff and start at third base Monday against Minnesota.

He hasn't played since rolling his ankle Wednesday. Harrison had better be careful to not miss too much time, as the team has options like Jung-Ho Kang that it didn't have a season ago. He's slated to serve as the Bucs' everyday third baseman.

Josh Harrison 2B/3B/LF/RF PIT 2 months ago

Harrison's ankle injury isn't considered overly serious, as the third baseman "caught himself" before rolling it, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Harrison dealt with multiple ankle injuries in 2014, but the infielder seems to be insinuating that this ailment is minor in nature compared to those injuries. The Pirates will likely take it easy with Harrison in the short term, but if his statement holds true, he should be able to return to action well before the end of spring training. Pittsburgh will likely take an extended look at a few of their younger infield options until Harrison is ready to return to the lineup.