Andrew McCutchen Injury: Updates on Pirates Star's Rib and Return

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Andrew McCutchen Injury: Updates on Pirates Star's Rib and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

 

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirmed Andrew McCutchen's return to the lineup:

 

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):

McCutchen also spoke about his eventual return (via Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):

Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

MLB Roster Moves confirmed Andrew McCutchen's move to the disabled list:

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:

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:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5

The Pittsburgh Pirates provide an update on Andrew McCutchen's injury from GM Neal Huntington:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports passes along details on the injury:

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review previously reported on the nature of the injury:

 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the latest on Andrew McCutchen's injury and if he'll be placed on the DL:

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on McCutchen's condition:

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.

 

Original Text

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:

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:

The Pirates later confirmed that McCutchen left with side discomfort:

After the game, McCutchen talked to the media about the injury:

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:

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. 

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