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Pittsburgh Pirates Stick with Story; Gregory Polanco not Getting the Call Friday

June 5th, 2014 at 6:18 PM
By Allan Smith

After Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects reported a high-ranking Pittsburgh Pirates official confirmed Gregory Polanco would be called up Friday to play against the Milwaukee Brewers, social media went into a frenzy.

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Shortly thereafter, other "high-ranking" Pirates officials (note: no one willing to go on the record) claimed Polanco would not be called up Friday, and social media went into a frenzy.

As of Thursday, it appears the Pirates are sticking by the story that Polanco will not be called up Friday.

"Club officials have not made a decision on when to call up Polanco," a high-ranking Pirates official told MLB.com. "Polanco will not be in Pittsburgh on Friday."

Polanco was in the lineup for Triple-A Indianapolis for Wednesday's game against Syracuse.

It is believed that Polanco has passed the date that would have exposed him to an added year of salary arbitration as a Super Two player. If he were to join the team Friday, he would end the season with 115 days of service time. The cutoff for Super Two status has never been lower than two years and 122 days, which happened after the 2010 and 2013 seasons.

Polanco is hitting .351 with six homers, 47 RBI, a .956 OPS and 14 stolen bases. He has recently been moved to the leadoff spot, a place he will occupy in the Pirates lineup upon his recall.

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