Hanson returning to lineup

Shortstop Alen Hanson sat out for a sixth consecutive game Thursday but will be back in the lineup tonight against Binghamton, Curve manager Carlos Garcia said.

Hanson has not played since getting pulled in the sixth inning of the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Portland.

“He’s going to be back (tonight),” Garcia confirmed after Thursday’s game. “We had a great conversation. He came to my office, and I can’t tell you what we talked about, but it was a great conversation.

“He has to understand the game of baseball is not just hitting, pitching. That’s a big part of it, but attitude also. (Today) he will have the opportunity to redeem himself” when he returns to game action.

Garcia was asked if Hanson’s situation was primarily about attitude and professionalism.

“Not all of it, but some part of it,” the manager said without going into further detail.

Pirates officials say they did not suspend Hanson, the Curve’s highest-rated prospect, but that the reason for sitting him out has been for undisclosed developmental reasons.

“We are giving Alen a blow from competition for a period of time to work on some things,” Pirates farm director Larry Broadway told the Mirror on Thursday. “There is no suspension or definitive period of time. This is for internal development reasons.”

Hanson is hitting .275 with six homers and 38 RBIs in 68 games, plus he leads the Eastern League with seven triples.

He has had major troubles defensively with 21 errors, and there have been issues with him hustling at times this season.

The 21-year-old Hanson, who was rated as the 76th best prospect in the minors by Baseball America entering the year, is in his second season with the Curve.