Josh Harrison out six weeks with torn thumb ligaments

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Josh Harrison has struggled to duplicate his breakout 2014 performance and now the Pirates infielder/outfielder is headed to the disabled list with torn thumb ligaments suffered Sunday while sliding into second base.

Harrison is expected to miss six weeks, meaning he’ll likely be out until late August or early September. Last season he came out of relative nowhere to hit .315 and make the All-Star team at age 26, earning him a long-term contract extension from the Pirates, but Harrison has hit just .279 with four homers and a .696 OPS in 75 games this year.

Pittsburgh will probably miss his defensive versatility as much or more than his offensive production, and for tonight at least Jung Ho Kang is starting at third base.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.