By Jason Shetler
During Saturday’s game, Josh Harrison sustained a right groin injury, and according to general manager Neal Huntington, the second baseman could miss the rest of the season.
Following the trade of Neil Walker last offseason, Harrison took over as the Pirates everyday second baseman this year. His offensive numbers as a whole this season have been subpar, posting a .699 OPS along with an OPS+ of 85. He was however having success in the leadoff spot, as he hit .327 with a .773 OPS. Harrison’s defense at second base has been terrific with a .989 fielding percentage, 7% above league average, and a 1.2 dWAR in 128 games. He’ll be owed $7.75 million for next season, and with the Pirates chase at the postseason seemingly out of reach now, it would make sense just to shutdown Harrison for the remainder of 2016.