Polanco received PRP injections during the second half of 2016 to help with his injured shoulder and knee. "It's a little tough to deal with it," Polanco told DK Pittsburgh Sports. "I just kept fighting and kept playing, because I don't like to be sitting down. Focus next year to keep healthy, because if I stay healthy and I keep fighting, I can go through the whole season."
Pirates GM Neal Huntington remained cryptic as to why Marte (back) was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday. "A paperwork move," Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's missed a large majority of (September), unlike some of the other guys like (Francisco) Cervelli, who are banged up. We felt it was useful for a variety of reasons to note that he went on the DL."