Demoting struggling Gregory Polanco to Triple-A “hasn’t even been a conversation” for the Pirates

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Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco mostly struggled as a rookie last season and is hitting poorly again this season, but general manager Neal Huntington told Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that sending the 23-year-old back to the minors “hasn’t even been a conversation.”

Baseball America ranked Polanco as the No. 10 prospect in MLB coming into last season and he debuted at age 22, but he’s hit just .233 with a .640 OPS through 166 career games. Polanco’s speed and defense remain assets for the Pirates, but he’s just not hitting.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle benched the left-handed-hitting Polanco versus a right-handed pitcher Sunday and Huntington noted that “we believe Gregory Polanco is going to be a quality major league player, but there are growing pains.”

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.