Grossman has started 20 of 21 games for Houston since being called up.
Outfielder Robbie Grossman will make his PNC Park debut Friday night in the leadoff spot, five years after the Pirates drafted him in the sixth round.
He won’t take the field in black and gold, but rather in blue and orange.
Almost four years after he signed with the Pirates out of high school for $1 million, Grossman was traded to Houston (with pitching prospects Colton Cain and Rudy Owens) for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Grossman said he was “very surprised” when the deal was made, but debuted at Minute Maid Park on April 24, just a half-hour drive from his alma mater Cy-Fair High School outside Houston.
“It was pretty special for me and my family,” Grossman said, who now lives just five minutes from the ballpark.
Now Grossman returns to face the Pirates organization that brought him up. After a slow start to his minor league career, Grossman broke out in 2011, his second year with High-A Bradenton. The switch...