Handling the Hype Machine

Handling the Hype Machine
Tyler Lockett and Julius Thomas impressed at OTAs. Are they worth the hype? Jesse Pantuosco investigates in this week's Bump and Run.
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Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Mariners.

He'll get a day of rest to clear his head as he's mired in a bit of a funk at the plate. Harrison is hitting just .131/.143/.213 with an 11/1 K/BB ratio over 63 plate appearances in his last 17 games dating back to June 10. Adam Frazier will start in his place at second base and bat seventh for the Pirates.
Jun 28 - 7:40 PM

Gregory Polanco (leg) has returned to the Pirates starting lineup for Tuesday night's showdown against the Mariners.

He'll serve as the club's designated hitter and will bat second against Hisashi Iwakuma and the M's. Polanco did not start the past three games while battling discomfort in his left leg.
Jun 28 - 7:36 PM

Carlos Beltran was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Rangers in the second inning with an apparent leg injury.

Beltran singled in his first at-bat and then pulled up lame instead of going to second base. Team trainers and Joe Girardi came out immediately to look at Beltran who was quickly yanked. Look for the club to provide an update on the status of the hot-hitting outfielder shortly.
Jun 28 - 7:30 PM

Ryan Raburn was scratched from the Rockies starting lineup on Tuesday.

No word yet as to a reason for the late switch. Charlie Blackmon entered the lineup in his place and will bat leadoff, while Brandon Barnes shifts over to left field.
Jun 28 - 7:27 PM

Wade LeBlanc will remain in the Mariners starting rotation to start against the Orioles on Friday.

He's taking the place of Nate Karns who is being shifted to the bullpen for the time being. LeBlanc returned to the big league in impressive fashion on Friday, shutting out the Cardinals over six innings of work. He should at least get a few more chances to start until Felix Hernandez is ready to return from the disabled list.
Jun 28 - 7:24 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) will start against the Orioles on Thursday.

Walker was skipped his last trip through the rotation due to tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The hard-throwing right-hander will bring a 3.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 70/17 K/BB ratio into that matchup.
Jun 28 - 7:22 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Tuesday that Nate Karns has been moved to the bullpen.

Karns has struggled in the M's rotation this season, compiling a 4.56 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 84/38 K/BB ratio across 81 innings. He has terrific stuff, but has gotten into trouble due to an extremely high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) this season. It'll be interesting to see if its a temporary move until he rights the ship, or if the M's believe his future is as a late-inning reliever.
Jun 28 - 7:20 PM

Aledmys Diaz is expected to miss a few games until the swelling above his right eye subsides.

Diaz is with the club and in good spirits after getting struck above the eye by a foul ball during Monday's game against the Royals. He went through the full concussion protocol after Monday's game, with everything coming back negative. Greg Garcia is starting in his place on Tuesday and should continue to see action until Diaz is cleared to return.
Jun 28 - 7:10 PM
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