Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirmed Andrew McCutchen's return to the lineup:
McCutchen returns to lineup pic.twitter.com/qdpld1p9wN— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 19, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Clint Hurdle spoke about Andrew McCutchen's timeline for a return to the Pirates' lineup (via Tom Singer of MLB.com):
Per Hurdle, #pirates optimistic McCutchen can "rejoin us tomorrow" when eligible to come off DL.— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) August 18, 2014
McCutchen also spoke about his eventual return (via Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):
Andrew McCutchen said he expects to return tomorrow.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 18, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
MLB Roster Moves confirmed Andrew McCutchen's move to the disabled list:
The @Pirates place OF Andrew McCutchen on 15-day DL (retro to 8/4); recall RHP Casey Sadler from Triple-A Indianapolis.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) August 11, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
After the Pirates 8-2 loss to the Padres, GM Neal Huntington spoke about Andrew McCutchen's status via Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Huntington: "Is (McCutchen) game ready? No. But next steps will be to determine how quickly he can be game ready. He's getting after it."— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) August 10, 2014
The Pirates previously confirmed McCutchen's status for Sunday's game:
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the latest on McCutchen:
Hurdle: McCutchen has taken "a couple" of swings. Team being patient w/DL decision: "We're willing to stretch few more days on his behalf."— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) August 8, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
The Pittsburgh Pirates provide an update on Andrew McCutchen's injury from GM Neal Huntington:
Per GM Neal Huntington: @TheCUTCH22 has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the left 11th rib.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 5, 2014
Huntington continued....We continue to evaluate Andrew’s progress and he will remain on the active roster.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 5, 2014
Huntington continued....We want to take the appropriate time to make the best possible decision for Andrew and for the Pirates.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 5, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports passes along details on the injury:
The injury for McCutchen is worse because it is on left side, the trainer said. It affects his hitting and throwing. Length of rehab unknown— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2014
That information comes from the trainer of another club who does not have direct knowledge of McCutchen’s injury. Only going on diagnosis.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2014
Just now received follow-up text from trainer saying McCutchen injury probably NOT from HBP. Injury is ligament or tendon pulling from bone.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2014
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review previously reported on the nature of the injury:
Andrew McCutchen says he had a fractured rib ... Not an oblique strain.— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 5, 2014
McCutchen said there's also some cartilage damage to rib area— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 5, 2014
Orthopedic surgeon @DrDavidGeier suspects Andrew McCutchen will miss at least 1-2 weeks ... high end would be 4-6— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 5, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 4
McCutchen has still not been placed on the DL. He wants to see if there's quick improvement possible— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 5, 2014
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the latest on Andrew McCutchen's injury and if he'll be placed on the DL:
My sources confirm #pirates McCutchen has strained oblique. No final decision made re:DL but it seems likely.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) August 4, 2014
A lot depends on how McCutchen feels and how long Hurdle might be willing to play short handed in OF.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) August 4, 2014
The Pirates are expected to place star center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list, seriously complicating their chances of making it to baseball’s postseason for a second consecutive year.
McCutchen could be out at least three weeks or a month because of what appeared to be a serious oblique muscle injury, according to a source.
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen exited the field during Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an undisclosed injury.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on McCutchen's apparent ailment:
McCutchen is hurt. He grabbed his left side as he took couple steps out of batters box.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) August 3, 2014
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink confirmed that McCutchen left the game at Chase Field in Phoenix, and he was replaced by Michael Martinez:
Call confirmed. Nix in the game at 2B. Martinez replaces McCutchen in CF.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 3, 2014
The Pirates later confirmed that McCutchen left with side discomfort:
Andrew McCutchen was removed from the game with left side discomfort.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 3, 2014
After the game, McCutchen talked to the media about the injury:
McCutchen said he had X-rays taken, showed nothing. Will know more tomorrow.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 4, 2014
McCutchen: "I thought I was cramping. Never really have had any problems in that area."— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 4, 2014
Some bad blood has been boiling between the two clubs. After the Pirates' 8-3 victory in Arizona on Saturday, McCutchen reacted to being hit by a Randall Delgado pitch in the ninth inning, as per MLB.com's Tom Singer:
I should be thanking them -- now I'm ready to go. They did what they needed to do. They hit me. It's water under the bridge. So we'll move on. We'll show up tomorrow ready to play and ready to win. Just remember: I don't forget. I'm ready to go now. [...] Sure it did. I'm sure it got away from him...Just like the first pitch had gotten away ... I'm sure both those got away from him.
It is unclear whether McCutchen's injury is related to the pitch that hit him in the prior contest, but it certainly couldn't have helped the reigning National League MVP's health.
There is no doubting McCutchen's toughness, because he has never been relegated to the disabled list, as Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com pointed out in his analysis:
Andrew McCutchen has never been on the DL in his five-year career. This would certainly not be an opportune time for his first trip.— Stephen Pianovich (@SPianovich) August 3, 2014
If McCutchen does indeed miss significant time, Pirates fans ought to be alarmed given that it would be unprecedented. Pittsburgh led baseball entering Sunday's action with a .332 on-base percentage, and McCutchen is on pace to finish .400 or better in that statistic for the third straight year.
Between his savvy play in the outfield, keen eye at the plate and status as the face of the Pirates franchise, the team cannot afford to lose McCutchen for long.
With the Pirates in the heat of playoff contention amid a tight NL Central division race, the gritty McCutchen will surely get back on the field as soon as he possibly can.