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Pirates Roster move and Ben Cherington comment

Outfielder Gregory Polanco has been designated for assignment and infielder Cole Tucker is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.


This will be Tucker’s third stint with the Pirates this season. He went 2-for-15 with a double and an RBI in eight games from 5/21 thru 6/5 and 1-for-6 in five games from 7/6-16. In 13 total games with the Pirates in 2021, Tucker has gone 3-for-21 (.143) while making six appearances (four starts) at shortstop and one appearance at first base (one inning on 7/7 vs. Atlanta).


In 61 games with Indianapolis, Tucker has hit .223 (49-for-220) with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 20 RBI, while making 48 appearances at shortstop, seven in right field, four at second base and three in left field.


Polanco, who went 6-for-11 in his last four games, produced a .208 (70-for-336) average, 12 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 36 RBI and a team-leading 14 stolen bases in 107 games with the Pirates this season.


In his career with the Pirates (2014-2021), Polanco hit .241 with 156 doubles, 19 triples, 96 home runs, 362 RBI and 98 stolen bases in 823 games. His 697 games played in right field rank fourth among all Pirates (since 1901) behind Roberto Clemente (2295), Paul Waner (1995) and Dave Parker (1180).


Comment from Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington on Gregory Polanco:


Gregory has been a true professional throughout his entire Pirates career, including in our conversation with him regarding today’s roster move. He has been a great teammate who always handled himself with class and took a great deal of pride in representing the Pirates and the city of Pittsburgh. We wish him nothing but success moving forward.

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