By Jason Shetler
For the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in September, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco saw live game action on Tuesday in a Minor League Spring Game at Pirate City. He made five plate appearances as a DH, recording a single and a walk.
Polanco entered last year in his fifth season as the Pirates starting right fielder. He got off slow in April and May, as he had a .711 OPS. From June onward however, he was very productive at the plate, posting an OPS of .974. For the season offensively, Polanco put up a 128 OPS+, along with a 2.5 oWAR in 130 games.
Prior to participating in Tuesday’s Minor League Game, the Pirates had Polanco taking BP in the cages, as well as having him throw from 90 to 100 feet. The projected target for him to rejoin the Pirates is May. Lonnie Chisenhall, who the Pirates signed to a one-year deal in November, will be the short-term replacement in right field until Polanco returns.