By Jason Shetler
The Pirates announced this morning that Gregory Polanco has been scratched from today’s lineup because of discomfort in his left shoulder, and is listed as “day-to-day”. The Bucs will host the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 ET, which can be seen on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
Polanco spent half of the Spring playing in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic, and was one of the best hitters in the entire WBC. In a second round game versus Venezuela, he hit a very impressive line drive home run at pitcher-friendly Petco Park in San Diego. The discomfort in Polanco’s shoulder is probably just minor, and being scratched from the lineup was only an obvious precaution. He is likely going to be the Pirates cleanup hitter on Opening Day.