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Sliding drills atop Polanco’s priority list


Five observations from the third day of Pirates’ minicamp:

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Sliding practice isn’t on the schedule this week at Pirate City.

However, the mats will come out next month when spring training begins and you can be sure Gregory Polanco will be right at the front of the line for those sliding drills.

Polanco tore the labrum in his left shoulder Sept. 7 when he awkwardly did a half-slide and half-dive into second base while hitting a double against the Marlins at PNC Park. The play also left him with a bone bruise in his left knee, which has since healed.

Polanco acknowledges his sliding needs work but also is not second-guessing himself about what happened four months ago.

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