Shortstop isn't an entirely foreign position to Harrison, though there is likely to be some rustiness as he steps back into a position he hasn't played regularly in years. Outside of one game with Triple-A Indianapolis this year, Harrison last played short in high school and college. The Pirates have used him only at second and third in the Majors this season.
"I feel like I can do it," Harrison said of playing short. "I know I've done [it] before. I'm a confident guy and I know my abilities and I'm a quick learner. I'm going to go down there and learn as much as possible while I am down there."
Harrison's best chance at being on next year's Opening Day roster is to fill the role of a backup infielder. Proving to the Pirates that he can hold his own defensively at short would make Harrison a more attractive option for such a role.
"Any other position I can play adds more value, which is more helpful when [manager] Clint [Hurdle] is putting up a lineup or needs to make a double switch," Harrison said. "I want to try to be helpful in any way I can."
Harrison has played sparingly since Pedro Alvarez returned from Triple-A earlier this month. In 61 games this season, Harrison has hit .265 and posted a .276 on-base percentage.