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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.