PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster John Wehner joined The Cook and Poni Show on Friday in his regular weekly spot and he tells the guys he is happy with the spark super utility guy Josh Harrison has given this team as they now have won back-to-back games.
“I love it,” Wehner said. “I love it when guys get the opportunity and they make the most of it.”
Wehner said he is not ready to give Harrison an everyday spot, but he wonders why guys like him get labeled as a guy who can’t play everyday without getting a real shot to prove it.
“He gives you energy. Even if he goes 0-4 in a game he will give you something on defense,” Wehner said. “Ride him while he is hot. They will find at-bats for him.”
Wehener says Harrison will play hard every day and will be able to provide a spark and he is a nice addition to have.
One of the places he may get time is at third base to give Pedro Alvarez a rest here and there.
Alvarez made another error last night and that has the guys asking Wehner if he is below average at third base.
“He is an average third baseman,” Wehner said. “He could play to an above average third baseman.”
Harrison has easily been one of the Pirates’ bright spots, but yesterday marked the end to one of the not so bright spots as they designated pitcher Wandy Rodriguez for assignment to make room for catcher Russell Martin coming off the disabled list.
Wehner said it speaks volumes that the Pirates would be willing to cut their highest-paid player and get nothing in return because they thought they had better options elsewhere.
“I am not surprised of the move because the results were not good,” Wehner said. “His stuff though doesn’t look much different from when he was in Houston.”
Wehner would expect that Rodriguez will get another shot. He also thinks Brandon Cumpton will get the call to replace Rodriguez on Monday in New York.