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  • Pirates' Joshua Palacios: Headed to Indianapolis

    Palacios was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Palacios began spring training with the potential to serve in a large-side platoon role in right field. However, the addition of Michael Taylor crowded the outfield in Pittsburgh, making Palacios more expendable. He'll likely be the top option for a promotion should an injury occur in the Pirates' outfield.

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  • Pirates' Joshua Palacios: Back in action

    Palacios (illness) is starting as Pittsburgh's designated hitter in Saturday's spring training game versus Atlanta, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Palacios will get his first game action in over a week after being sidelined due to an illness. The 28-year-old outfielder is 0-for-4 with an RBI this spring.

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  • Pirates' Joshua Palacios: Scratched Sunday

    Palacios was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League lineup against the Phillies due to flu-like symptoms, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Palacios just made his spring debut Wednesday after dealing with a lower-leg injury, and he'll step out of the lineup Sunday since he's not feeling well. The 28-year-old should return to action in the next couple days once he's recovered.

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  • Pirates' Joshua Palacios: Ready for spring debut

    Palacios (lower leg) will start in right field and bat leadoff in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Palacios will be making his spring debut after he suffered a lower leg injury early in camp that prompted the Pirates to slow play his entry into the Grapefruit League lineup. After slashing .239/.279/.413 with 10 home runs and five stolen bases across 264 plate appearances with Pittsburgh in 2023, Palacios may need a strong showing in spring to solidify his spot on the Opening Day roster. The lefty-hitting Palacios still has a minor-league option remaining, so the Pirates could choose to send him to Triple-A Indianapolis if he's unable to win a strong-side platoon role with the big club.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Nursing leg injury

    Palacios has been dealing with a lower-leg injury but is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut in the next few days, Alex Stumpf of MLB.com reports.

    Palacios did some running Friday and has also hit on the field, so he appears close to putting the minor injury behind him. The 28-year-old is slated to be a reserve outfielder for the Pirates in 2024.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Sitting out Saturday

    Palacios isn't in the Pirates' lineup Saturday against Miami.

    Palacios will sit out Saturday after picking up three hits over the Pirates' last two games. Jack Suwinski will shift to right field with Palacios out, and Ji Hwan Bae will start in center field while Nick Gonzales mans second base.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Out against lefty

    Palacios is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia.

    The Phillies are starting left-hander Ranger Suarez, so Palacios will begin this one on the bench. Henry Davis will patrol right field for the Pirates.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Palacios is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Cincinnati, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Palacios went 2-for-6 with an RBI and a run during Saturday's contest but will return to the bench for the series finale. Miguel Andujar will start in right field and bat cleanup.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Not in lineup Friday

    Palacios remains out of the lineup Friday at Cincinnati.

    Palacios hit a three-run homer off the bench in the Pirates' win over the Cubs on Thursday, but he'll ride the pine again to begin Friday's tilt as left-hander Andrew Abbott toes the slab for the Reds.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Belts big homer off bench

    Palacios hit a three-run home run in his only at-bat during Thursday's 8-6 win over the Cubs.

    Palacios began the game on the bench but was called upon to pinch hit in the top of the ninth inning with Pittsburgh clinging to a one-run lead. The 28-year-old came through with a three-run blast that proved to be critical when Chicago scored twice in the bottom of the frame. Palacios has homered in each of his past two contests, driving in six runs over that span.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Sitting Thursday

    Palacios isn't in Pittsburgh's lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    After going 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBI during Wednesday's win over Chicago, Palacios will get a breather for Thursday's series finale. Miguel Andujar will take over in right field and bat fifth while Palacios rests.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Caps big rally

    Palacios went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 13-7 win over the Cubs.

    Palacios' blast put a bow on the Pirates' seven-run fourth inning. The outfielder has been solid in September, going 15-for-49 (.306) with three homers and nine RBI over 17 contests. That's lifted his season slash line to .230/.270/.404 with nine long balls, 36 RBI, 23 runs scored and five stolen bases over 83 contests overall. Palacios is in the mix for playing time in the corner outfield spots and at designated hitter, primarily against right-handed pitchers.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Goes deep, swipes bag

    Palacios went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a stolen base in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Nationals.

    Palacios got the scoring started in the second inning Tuesday, blasting a two-run homer to straight-away center field. The 28-year-old later singled and stole third base -- his fifth steal of the year. After an 0-for-4 performance Aug. 25 caused the outfielder's batting average to hover just above the Mendoza Line, Palacios has gone 12-for-37 (.324) with two home runs and three steals across his last 14 games, improving his season-long slash line to .224/.269/.405 in limited action.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Sitting against southpaw

    Palacios is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals.

    Along with fellow left-handed hitters Jack Suwinski and Alfonso Rivas, the lefty-hitting Palacios will retreat to the bench while southpaw Patrick Corbin takes the hill for the Nationals. Connor Joe will replace Palacios in right field and bat third.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Settling into large-side platoon

    Palacios went 2-for-4 with a triple Sunday against Atlanta.

    Palacios has been a primary beneficiary of Andrew McCutchen's (Achilles) absence, starting all four games against right-handed pitchers since McCutchen went down. Palacios has hit well in the limited sample since, collecting five hits across 16 at-bats with one RBI. His larger sample this season suggests that success may be short-lived, but he looks to be in line for regular at-bats across the final few weeks of the campaign.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Idle against southpaw

    Palacios isn't in the Pirates' lineup Saturday against Atlanta, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Palacios will get a breather Saturday as the left-handed Dylan Dodd toes the slab for Atlanta. Bryan Reynolds, Ji Hwan Bae and Jack Suwinski will man Pittsburgh's outfield while Miguel Andujar serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Sits in fourth straight

    Palacios is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

    The lefty-hitting Palacios will be on the bench for the fourth straight game while the Pirates have opposed left-handed pitchers three times during that stretch. The righty-hitting Miguel Andujar will spell Palacios in right field for the second game in a row, but Palacios should continue serving as the Pirates' primary option at the position versus right-handers until Henry Davis (hand) returns from the injured list.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Belts game-winning homer

    Palacios hit a two-run home run in his only at-bat in a 7-6 win against St. Louis on Saturday.

    Palacios was held out of the starting lineup with left-hander Drew Rom starting for the Cardinals, but he was called upon to pinch hit in the ninth against righty Drew VerHagen. That move turned out to be a wise one, as Palacios drilled a two-run, 420-foot shot to right-center field to give Pittsburgh a 7-6 lead. Palacios had never put up big power numbers prior to this season -- he topped out at nine long balls over 389 plate appearances between the minors and majors last year -- but he's shown some surprising pop in 2023, going deep eight times in 20 games at Triple-A Indianapolis and seven times over 68 contests in the majors.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Out against lefty

    Palacios isn't starting Saturday against the Cardinals, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Southpaw Drew Rom will start Saturday's game for St. Louis, so the left-handed bat of Palacios will retreat to the bench. His absence will allow Miguel Andujar to start in right field and bat sixth.

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  • Pirates' Josh Palacios: Smacks sixth homer

    Palacios went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Cubs.

    He's spent much of his time in the majors as a bench bat, but he's getting regular run with Henry Davis (hand) sidelined. Palacios has started five of the team's last six games and popped two homers, though he has only three hits across 23 at-bats in that span. While he has just a .207 average across 176 plate appearances this season, Palacios has hit fifth or sixth in the order of late and could be a passable source of power and RBI so long as Davis is out.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Age: 28
School: Auburn
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, R