Polanco: "I Know When I Can and Cannot Go All the Way."

Polanco speaks about his hamstring issues.

Noah Hiles
June 15, 2018 - 6:27 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Following the Pirates' return to Pittsburgh after a week on the road, Bucs right fielder Gregory Polanco spoke to 93.7 The Fan about the issues he has been experiencing with his hamstring along with the recent attention that his injury has received.

“It is nothing crazy or out of the ordinary,” said Polanco. “I am just working on it a lot. I’ve been working on it every day since spring training.”

Polanco’s hamstring issues became a major subject of discussion following the Pirates' 13-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, June 12 where he was criticized by many for his apparent lack of hustle on an unassisted groundout to first base in the top of the fifth inning.

When asked if he gave a full effort running to first base on the play, Polanco said he was aware of the criticism he was receiving and that his decision not to run full speed came down to understanding what he needs to do to remain healthy enough to keep playing this season.

“I now know how to take care of my body and I know when I can and cannot go all the way,” said Polanco. “I cannot be running around like before. I have to take care of myself.”

If rest is what Polanco needs, he is receiving it more often than earlier in the year due to manager Clint Hurdle’s decision to stick with the four man outfield rotation in the lineup which results in Polanco getting a few days off each week. When asked about the outfield rotation, Polanco said he believes it is a good way for him to continue to get reps while getting back to full health.