Many people expected Gregory Polanco to be recalled late last week, but on Friday when the move was expected to be announced the Pittsburgh Pirates there was nothing. Polanco made the announcement Monday that he's headed to Pittsburgh. Polanco will be activated before Tuesday's game, and there's no reason to think he won't be in the starting lineup for the game against the Cubs. This roster move had to happen sooner than Pirates management wanted to due to Neil Walker going on the 15-day disabled list who underwent an appendectomy. Josh Harrison will now play second base and the outfield will consist of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Polanco. Polanco batted .347 with 7 home runs and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A Indianapolis before the promotion, and he's been batting leadoff in recent days to get a feel for setting the table atop a lineup. Fantasy owners have been drooling over Polanco and have great expectations for the 22-year old outfielder, but the struggles of Oscar Taveras and George Springer need to temper those expectations just a bit. Fantasy owners expecting the next coming of Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig may be disappointed. But the potential is sky high, and Polanco should immediately be owned and started in all leagues.
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Manny Machado will turn 22 years old a month from now and he is one of the brightest rising stars in baseball. But age is no excuse for his bush league move in Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in which he clearly intended to throw his bat at Oakland pitcher Fernado Abad. The bat ended up flying down the third-base line instead of toward the pitcher's mound, though Machado claimed the bat slipped out of his hands. No one is buying that story and Machado should be suspended for at least five games. Machado's bat throwing was the culmination of a series of events that began Friday night, when Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson tagged out Machado on a ground ball with two outs in the third inning, leading to a benches-clearing incident when Machado took exception to the play. Normally, a third baseman would throw to first on that play, and the tag appeared to catch Machado off-balance and he flung his helmet to the ground as he fell and had words with Donaldson. But Donaldson didn't do anything wrong and he obviously has the right to tag Machado. It's time for Adam Jones or Chris Davis to sit down with Machado and have some "guy time" and tell the young third baseman that there are better ways to handle these situations in the future.
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