Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco bats during the team's annual spring training Black and Gold intra-squad baseball game in Bradenton, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar
June 09, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gregory Polanco is headed to the majors.

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up their coveted outfield prospect late Monday night after placing second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list. Walker experienced abdominal pain shortly before Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs and underwent an emergency appendectomy.

Pirates fans have been waiting eagerly for Polanco to arrive. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic was hitting .347 with seven home runs in 62 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Polanco's arrival will likely move utility player Josh Harrison to second base. Harrison has sparkled in right field since being given the job on a full-time basis last month. Harrison played second on Monday night after Walker was scratched.

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