By Chris Adamski
NORTH SHORE – Gregory Polanco is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday. Based on how the rehab on his left hamstring sprain is going, the outfielder appears well on track to do just that.
“Even swinging, (Saturday) I didn’t feel any pain.”
Saturday, Polanco played catch and hit balls off a tee. Manager Clint Hurdle called it “a really good day” for his erstwhile cleanup hitter. Polanco was to repeat those drills Sunday – if all goes well, he will take part in live batting practice Monday.
“Hopefully I’ll be back (activated) pretty soon,” Polanco said.
Though Polanco is hitting .252/.336/.370 with only one home run and nine RBIs on the season, he was hitting .333/.389/.545 with five extra-base hits in the 10 games before leaving the May 14 game at Arizona early.
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“We love when he pitches.”
“This is where I plan on being. I can’t control it, though.”
>>> Sunday’s game: Braves at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: None. Radio: 93.7 FM
Phillies: Cesar Hernandez 4, Freddy Galvis 6, Aaron Altherr 7, Michael Saunders 9, Odubel Herrera 8, Maikel Franco 5, Brock Stassi 3, Andrew Knapp 2, RHP Aaron Nola (2-0, 5.40)
Pirates: Adam Frazier 7, Josh Harrison 4, Andrew McCutchen 8, Josh Bell 3, David Freese 5, John Jaso 9, Chris Stewart 2, Gift Ngoepe 6, RHP Chad Kuhl (1-4, 6.69)
Gamecast: Kuhl has dropped four straight decisions since beating the Braves on April 8 at PNC Park. He is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in one career start vs. the Phillies. … Pat Neshek this year became the first Phillies reliever to open a season with 14 consecutive scoreless outings since Cesar Jimenez in 2014. Since 1913, only four Phillies relievers have put up more zeroes at the start of the season. … Ex-Pirate Joely Rodriguez is in the Phils bullpen. He gave up seven runs Thursday vs. the Rangers, the most runs allowed by a Philadelphia reliever since Dustin McGowan yielded seven vs. the Orioles on June 6, 2015. It also is tied for the most runs allowed in a game by any MLB reliever this season.
>>> Monday’s game: Pirates at Braves, 7:35 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (2-4, 2.84)
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-4, 4.10)
>>> Tuesday’s game: Pirates at Braves, 7:35 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-3, 7.34)
Braves: RHP R.A. Dickey (3-3, 4.13)
>>> Wednesday’s game: Pirates at Braves, 7:35 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (2-3, 6.04)
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (3-4, 5.47)
>>> Thursday’s game: Pirates at Braves, 12:10 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (4-3, 2.63)
Braves: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4, 6.28)
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.