Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 5 Days

Harrison had a rough night Thursday, going hitless in five at-bats from the leadoff spot.

He's proven to be susceptible to breaking pitches in the dirt recently. Harrison is 3-for-14 since returning from an ankle surgery. The third baseman will likely find his groove shortly in a dream season, but he has expanded his strike zone in recent days.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 7 Days

Harrison (ankle) is in the lineup Tuesday in Philadelphia.

After three games missed due to a left ankle injury, Harrison has been cleared to lead off and man the hot corner for the Pirates. He'll attempt to uphold his success from his previous five appearances, when he tallied multiple hits on four occasions en route to a .435 (10-for-23) clip.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 7 Days

Manager Clint Hurdle wouldn't speculate when Harrison (ankle) might return to the lineup. "We're taking it one day at a time. We'll see," Hurdle said. "Maybe I'll have different information for you Tuesday," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Harrison was available to pinch-hit Monday but wasn't needed. The third baseman raised his batting average to .315 on Sept. 5 but hasn't played since.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 8 Days

Harrison (ankle) is available as a pinch-hitter Monday, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

While returning to pinch-hitting duty would normally see to signal a player is close to returning to everyday action, manager Clint Hurdle didn't offer any guess as to when Harrison might eventually slot back in at third base or the corner outfield. Brent Morel will join the lineup for the third straight game with Harrison limited to reserve duties.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 8 Days

Harrison (ankle) remains out of the lineup Monday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Travis Sawchik reports.

He will miss his third straight game with the ankle injury, but remains day-to-day. Brent Morel will get the start at third base. Harrison has been fantastic this season in both counting stats (13 home runs and 17 steals) and batting average (.315) and will be one of the more debatable and intriguing players heading into next season based on the out-of-nowhere nature of his 2014 campaign.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 9 Days

Harrison (ankle) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.

Manager Clint Hurdle delayed putting out a lineup in case Harrison's ankle was healthy enough to award him a start, but he ended up going the conservative route. Harrison seems to be getting closer to a return, but his status for the next game will likely depend on how he feels during Monday's batting practice. Jose Tabata will make his third straight start in right field in Harrison's stead.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 10 Days

Although manager Clint Hurdle said the team would know more Sunday about Harrison's (ankle) status, the third baseman remarked that he was "fine" after sitting out the Pirates' second game Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"Maybe it's not as bad as it looked," Hurdle said. "We'll know more Sunday." Harrison was available off the bench for Game 2, but the Bucs didn't need him in a 5-0 victory.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 10 Days

Harrison exited Saturday's rain-postponed game against the Cubs in the 11th inning with a left ankle injury, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

It's not clear what type of setback Harrison suffered Saturday, but he has apparently been dealing with lingering soreness in his ankle for a few weeks. He is unlikely to play in the Pirates' scheduled game Saturday evening, but the Pirates have yet to provide an official update on his status.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 14 Days

Harrison, who will bat leadoff Tuesday, currently leads the National League with a .311 batting average.

Harrison, who ranks sixth in the NL with a .511 slugging average and seventh with an OPS of .856, also has swiped 17 bags in 23 attempts. He's arguably been Pittsburgh's most important player, even moreso than the reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen. Harrison has played in more than five games at second base (16 games), shortstop (seven), third base (50) and in the outfield (56), showing off his versatility on the field and in fantasy leagues.

Josh Harrison 2B/SS.. PIT 18 Days

Harrison was 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI in Pittsburgh win over the Reds on Friday night.

He was a home run short of the cycle, and the Pirates' super utility man boosted his average to .308 while driving in his 45th run. He played third base in this one, but qualifies at multiple positions in most fantasy formats which only hikes his value.