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Pirates’ Harrison breaks left hand — again

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison will be sidelined at least six weeks after being diagnosed with a broken left hand, the team announced on Monday.

Allegheny Health Network hand specialist Ed Birdsong detected that the fifth metacarpal was fractured during an examination.

Harrison suffered the injury when struck on the hand by a 96 mph pitch from Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena during Sunday’s contest.

It is the second time in seven months that Harrison broke the hand when plunked by a pitch. He suffered a season-ending broken hand last season when hit by Cincinnati’s Tyler Mahle on Sept. 2.

The two-time All-Star was batting .263 with one homer, five RBIs and 12 runs scored this season.

Harrison was visibly frustrated after being hit by Urena’s pitch on Sunday.

As he walked toward first base, Harrison angrily slammed his elbow guard into the ground.

Harrison consulted with trainers before the decision was made to remove him from the contest. He threw his helmet in frustration upon reaching the dugout.

Harrison was hit by a pitch 23 times last season, second in the majors behind Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (24).

–Field Level Media

Source: Economic Times