I'm hearing from a source close to Polanco that he is in fact coming up and will join the team on Friday when they begin their homestand, as Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects first reported. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is hearing the same, but a couple of Pirates' beat writers have been told by team officials that Polanco is not coming up. Here's the tally if you're keeping track at home:
Sources: Polanco heading to Pittsburgh tomorrow and expected to join #Pirates on Friday.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 4, 2014
From a high-ranking #Pirates official: Gregory Polanco is NOT coming up on Friday.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) June 4, 2014
Word from one source is that the Pirates may be denying this because they want to make a team announcement about their top prospect coming up. That would make sense, but it's still weird that team officials are denying it to beat reporters.
We all know that Polanco is coming up soon, and, as I reported yesterday, the Pirates are probably going to do it while they're at home. Friday is the beginning of a seven-game homestand, so it fits.
As we learn more throughout the night, check back here for the latest.