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Josh Harrison to miss six weeks with broken finger

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Second baseman Josh Harrison had to leave yesterday’s Pirates-Marlins game in Miami after he was hit on the left hand by a 96-mph fastball from Jose Urena. The “further evaluation” we so often mention has taken place and it’s not good: he has a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. He’ll be out about six weeks.

Harrison is hitting .263/.328/.351 with a homer on the season. In his absence, Adam Frazier will likely get the most playing time at the keystone.

Or, well, just to the right of the keystone, as if a second baseman played directly on the keystone, there would be a lot of ground ball singles to right field.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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