Following a hit by pitch suffered in Sunday's game to the Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison is out for six weeks due to a fractured metacarpal of his left hand. It marks the second time in a year that Harrison suffered a fractured metacarpal.
It's a tough blow for the 30-year-old utility man who was already off to a slow start in the 2018 season. A season after Harrison slashed .272/.339/.432 with a .771 OPS, Harrison slashed .263/.328/.351 with a .679 OPS and 91 wRC+ in 57 at bats.
Hitting atop Pittsburgh's lineup, Harrison found himself in good position to be a fantasy producer this season. Capable of contributing a strong triple-slash line with double-digit home runs and steals, Harrison's numbers and multi-position eligibility made him an underrated chess piece in fantasy baseball.
Now with him sidelined for six weeks, Pittsburgh will turn to Adam Frazier to fill in near the top of its lineup and the team's regular second baseman. Frazier, who slashed .276/.344/.399 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 454 plate appearances, is a poor man's version of Harrison.
Fantasy owners who need infield depth should consider targeting Harrison for a slight boost in batting average, on-base percentage and runs produced with the potential for a couple stolen bases. When the matchup is right, Frazier will also be a DFS target.