Why Polanco will be returning to the Pirates in 2021

Why Polanco will be returning to the Pirates in 2021

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates opened Wednesday with back-to-back home runs and made that early lead hold, winning their second straight over the Cubs at PNC Park, 2-1.

After watching two balls fly out of the ball park early, Gregory Polanco came to bat looking to add to the Pirates' early lead.

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He took some mighty cuts, but the result was something to familiar for this year. Whiff for strike one. Two pitches later, a whiff for strike two. Shortly after that, a whiff for strike three.

That was the start to another hitless game for Polanco, his 31st out of the 47 he has played this season, lowering his slash line to .152/.219/.317.

Polanco traces those problems back to when he missed the end of summer camp and the beginning of the regular season after testing positive for COVID-19.

“That took away [from] my swing, because I was ready,” Polanco said Wednesday. “I was feeling good every day, feeling better and better. Then those two weeks, 12 days that I was home doing nothing, that took away a lot from my timing on my hitting.”

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