Polanco out of lineup for fourth straight game

Polanco out of lineup for fourth straight game

MILWAUKEE -- Gregory Polanco remained on the Pirates' bench Saturday night, missing his fourth straight start -- after having previously been left out of the starting lineup only twice since his June 10 arrival.

Polanco thus continued to rest with his 1-for-27 slump. And while he is spending the downtime working on his approach and swing, the emphasis really is on "rest."

Since April 2013, Polanco has played 221 games -- a grind through the Majors and Minors, as well as the Dominican Winter League.

"And for him it was a very fulfilling winter ball season, not like he was playing three games a week," manager Clint Hurdle said of Polanco's offseason as the Dominican Republic's Most Valuable Player. "I was anticipating a bit of fatigue somewhere along the line. So this is not unexpected, and this short time down will rekindle his batteries."

While cooling his heels, Polanco is also giving Travis Snider a chance to cool off. When Andrew McCutchen came off the disabled list, Snider was kept in the lineup, shifting from left to right.

Snider's 0-for-5 in Friday night's series opener here halted his 11-game hitting streak, but he was still 18-for-46 entering Saturday night's game.

"It's hard to unplug a guy who's hit in 13 of 15 games, who goes 0-for-5 and still is hitting nearly .400 for two weeks," said Hurdle, suggesting Polanco's return is imminent. "So we'll give [Snider] another run at this guy [Brewers starter Wily Peralta] and see what tomorrow brings."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.