Harrison tests ankle, available off bench

Harrison tests ankle, available off bench

PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Harrison was expected to be available to pinch-hit on Monday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

However, the All-Star utility man was out of the Bucs' starting lineup for the third consecutive game after tweaking his left ankle at the conclusion of a suspended game Saturday against the Cubs. Head trainer Todd Tomczyk looked on as Harrison was on the field at Citizens Bank Park early Monday afternoon, testing the ankle he hurt while making a running grab to end a win.

"We're taking it one day at a time," Hurdle said of Harrison's status. "We'll see. I might have some different information for you tomorrow."

In Harrison's absence, Brent Morel got his third consecutive start at third base.

Worth noting
• Hurdle did not have any new information on Pedro Alvarez, who has not started since Aug. 26 due to a left foot sprain. The manager said the team is likely going to send medical info regarding the infielder to Pittsburgh to have it further examined.

Alvarez has appeared once since injuring the foot, as he pinch-hit against the Cubs on Friday.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.