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Josh Harrison placed on 15-day disabled list

The Pirates third baseman injured his left thumb in the 7th inning of Sunday's game.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost Josh Harrison to the 15-day disabled list, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Harrison injured his left thumb while sliding into second base on Sunday, and tore a ligament in the process. He is expected to miss six weeks.

Travis Ishikawa, who was just claimed on waivers from the Giants, was added to the active roster to take Harrison's spot. Harrison, 27, was following up his fantastic 2014 season with a decent 2015. In 75 games, he was hitting .279/.313/.384 with four home runs and 22 RBIs.

At 47-34, the Pirates are right in the thick of things in the National League Central, and trail the St. Louis Cardinals by six games. They also have the Cubs right behind them in the Wild Card chase. Despite all of that, the Pirates have the ability to get through these next six weeks without making a major move.

Jung Ho Kang's importance to the Pirates is greater now than ever before. The 28-year-old rookie is sure to see more playing time, as he'll replace Harrison at third base. In 198 at-bats, Kang has a .258/.333/.364 line with four home runs and 25 RBIs.

If Kang isn't able to live up to the hype that got him to the majors, the Pirates might have to explore other options. The Brewers have Aramis Ramirez, who could be a potential solution, and he won't cost much in the way of prospects. Martin Prado and Yangervis Solarte are other players to check on, but Pittsburgh shouldn't panic and make an impulsive deal. There's still time to evaluate Kang, and see if he can be the long-term solution.