Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Harrison Exits Game after Pitch Hits Hand in 7-3 Win 17pt-3 17pt-3 17pt-3

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Harrison Exits Game after Pitch Hits Hand in 7-3 Win 17pt-3 17pt-3 17pt-3

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MIAMI - When Clint Hurdle's postgame meeting with the media commenced Sunday afternoon, director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk stood beside the manager's desk. A bad omen, given that Josh Harrison had left the game after being hit in the hand with a pitch, but the message from Tomczyk and Harrison was wait-and-see.

The Pirates headed home with a 4-2 road trip after a 7-3 victory Sunday against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park, but lost Harrison in the third inning. Harrison would not say what, if any, type of examinations he underwent at the ballpark. His hand was not in a cast or brace.

"We're going to get him back to Pittsburgh to be evaluated by our group of physicians and specialists so we can come up with the most appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan," Tomczyk said.

Starling Marte went 5 for 5 with a home run, Josh Bell had three hits and Ivan Nova pitched 6? strong innings, striking out nine without walking a batter.

Harrison took an 0-2, 96 mph fastball from Marlins starter Jose Urena off the left hand in the third inning. He walked to first, where head athletic trainer Bryan Housand and Hurdle examined him, before he left the game.

"I don't know if I really have the words right now that are appropriate for TV, but I'm pretty frustrated," he said.

Harrison was hit by a pitch 23 times last season, more than anyone except Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who stands close to the plate. Harrison steps toward the plate as the pitcher delivers. The 23rd and final hit-by-pitch fractured the fifth metacarpal, the bone below the pinky on the outside of his left hand, and cost him the final month of 2017.

"You get hit by 96, you're going to be frustrated," Harrison said. "It's one of those things, I stayed in to run last year. This year I knew, let's go ahead and take precautionary measures, let's go ice it. . I would hate to get out there and have to dive, because I'm sure they would have tried to pick me off or something."

Nova retaliated, hitting the first batter of the bottom of the third, J.B. Shuck, in the butt with the first pitch of the inning. Nova declined to comment on the hit-by-pitches.

"We've got each other's back," Harrison said. …

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