Harrison not concerned about minor ankle injury

Pirates third baseman will likely rest for a couple days as precaution

Harrison not concerned about minor ankle injury

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Josh Harrison traversed the Pirates' expansive new clubhouse Thursday morning, walking smoothly on his tightly-wrapped left ankle and smiling while fist-bumping teammates.

The scene supported Harrison's assessment of having been quickly pulled out of Wednesday's game as "just as a precaution" after turning his left ankle in a first-inning play against the Blue Jays.

"I wouldn't even say I completely turned it. I kinda caught myself when I felt something," Harrison said.

That occurred on the basepaths, as Harrison turned and tried to return to second after Francisco Cervelli's liner to left had been caught. Harrison was doubled up on left fielder Dalton Pompey's throw.

"The trainers spotted me pulling up and right away said, 'Let's just be cautious,' so I came out," said Harrison, who likely will lay low for a few days.

The ankle pestered Harrison last season after he originally twisted it on June 11. There were recurrences later in June and in early September, but he did not miss significant action either time.

In fact, after making his mark in the nightcap of a May 18 doubleheader in Yankee Stadium, Harrison appeared in 115 of the Bucs' final 120 games.

"And this wasn't anything like last [year's ankle injury]," Harrison said. "I know how it felt then, and this time it was a lot less [painful]."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.