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Harrison seeking ways to protect himself from hit-by-pitches


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Josh Harrison. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Josh Harrison, speaking to reporters for the first time since learning he broke his left hand on a hit-by-pitch Sunday in Miami, again made it clear he does not intend to stop stepping toward the plate when a pitcher delivers. However, the Pirates' second baseman will try to find a way to better equip himself for pitchers throwing inside.

Harrison, who is on the disabled list after breaking the bone below the pinkie on the outside of his left hand, plans to explore using a new batting glove or some sort of protection on the back of his hand. After all, he broke the same bone last September on his 23rd hit-by-pitch, which prematurely ended his season after 128 games and an All-Star Game appearance.

Instead of changing his approach, Harrison wants pitchers and catchers to rethink theirs.

"As far as what I do at the plate, I don’t necessarily want to change what I do, because I don’t think I have to change much," he said Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park. "I just think it’s at a point with pitchers if you can’t command in, catchers don’t call it, especially up and in. You can call in, but if you call up and in with a guy who can’t command it, a situation like this happens."

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