Polanco set to make big league debut for Pirates

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm •  Published: June 10, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco seemed to be the only person who didn't know how much Pittsburgh Pirates' fans have been anticipating his major league debut.

"I'm very surprised," the 22-year-old outfielder said at an introductory news conference on Tuesday. He didn't expect that, either.

Polanco was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis late Monday night when second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing an appendectomy.

He was in the lineup, playing right field and batting second, for the game against the Chicago Cubs.

Polanco had been one of the top hitters in the minor leagues this season. He was leading the International League with a .347) average and 49 RBIs, and he had seven homers and 15 steals in 62 games.

"When you have a player like this come to the major leagues, it's like graduation day," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's a day for the organization to celebrate, especially those on the scouting end and in the player development department. We're excited to have him here."

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