PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The Pirates are on a hot streak going 9-4 over their last 13 games, and a big reason for that is the production they’ve received from Utility-man Josh Harrison in their lead-off spot.
Harrison joined Starkey and Mueller to talk about his increase in playing time and what has changed for the team after their slow start to the year.
“Not really a difference,” Harrison said. “As far as our preparation and everything. Just putting complete games together in all areas of the game, hitting, defense, pitching and getting some timely hits.”
With top prospect Gregory Polanco getting a call-up any day now, Harrison will lose his starting role in right field, but says he doesn’t worry about where he’ll get consistent at bats from.
“That’s something I don’t worry about,” Harrison said. “People worry about it, but they can worry about it, I don’t. I just come in everyday and I’m ready to play. I don’t care where it is. I’m going to be ready regardless.”
With the struggles the Pirates shortstops have had this year as Jordy Mercer is hitting just .219 and Clint Barmes hitting .217, this has become one position fans want to see Harrison get a shot at. Harrison talked with us about his comfort playing short, and which positions he’s not comfortable playing.
“I’m comfortable anywhere other than catcher,” Harrison said. “Catcher, pitcher and first base. I’ve pitched to one batter but those are the only positions that I have not played at any time to really say I can go out there and feel comfortable.”
Click the audio link below to hear more from Harrison, including his thoughts on the teams rivalry with the Brewers and what separates it from other teams they play: