Pirates Gregory Polanco injures hamstring chasing fly ball

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 15: Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco (25) gets ready to hit during an MLB game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals on July 15, 2017 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire)
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Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco injured himself while chasing a fly ball during his team’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, according to Pirates beat writer Adam Berry. The Pirates are calling it left hamstring discomfort. Sean Rodriguez took over for Polanco in right field, per the Pirates’ official Twitter account.

Polanco had gone 0-for-2 at the plate before leaving.

The 25-year-old Polanco is in the middle of a very disappointing 2017 campaign.

He currently owns a slash line of .255/.311/.407 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI over 351 plate appearances, a major step backward after what appeared to be a breakout season last year when he slashed .258/.323/.463 while connecting with 22 long balls, 34 doubles, four triples and driving in 86 runs. Additionally, Polanco stole 17 bases in 2016.

Pittsburgh signed Polanco as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in March 2009.

It didn’t take long for the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder to become known as one of the best prospects in baseball.

During his first full minor-league season in 2012, Polanco registered a slash line of .314/.374/.500 with 16 home runs, 28 doubles, six triples and 86 RBI while also stealing 41 bases across 521 trips to the dish.

The following year, Polanco slashed .297/.376/.450 with 17 dingers, 40 doubles, 100 RBI and 45 swiped bags.

He made his major-league debut in 2014, but was mostly unproductive, slashing just .235/.307/.343 with seven home runs and 43 RBI in 312 plate appearances.

Polanco owns an underwhelming lifetime slash line of .253/.317/.405.

The Pirates entered play on Saturday with a record of 58-58 and sat three games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central Division.

Pittsburgh will wrap up its three-game series with the Blue Jays on Sunday.

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