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Josh Harrison exits game after taking a 96 MPH fastball off his hand

Josh Harrison exits game after taking a 96 MPH fastball off his hand
Published On: Sun, Sep 03
Jun 21, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) steals second base in the first inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison was removed from Saturdays game after taking a 96 MPH fastball to his left hand. The pitch, a wayward 0-2 ball from Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle, appeared to strike Harrison somewhere on his left wrist/hand area and prompted an immediate visit from a trainer and manager Clint Hurdle.

Harrison was able to finish the remainder of the fifth inning with little trouble, but was replaced by Sean Rodriguez to start the sixth. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be revealed, though it appears to be more serious than the routine swelling and soreness caused by a hit-by-pitch. Per Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Harrison received treatment after getting pulled from the game and is expected to meet with an orthopedic hand specialist as well.

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