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Pirates willing to wait a few more days before making decision on Andrew McCutchen

Aug 8, 2014, 7:35 PM EST

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The Pirates are “willing to stretch a few more days” before making a decision on whether or not to place outfielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. McCutchen suffered an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of his left 11th rib on Sunday, a day after the Diamondbacks exacted revenge on him with a fastball to his back.

McCutchen avoiding the disabled list helps the Pirates for obvious reasons: they enter play tonight with a 61-53 record, sitting just a game and a half out of first place in the NL Central. McCutchen has had another MVP-esque season, slashing .311/.411/.536 with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and a league-leading 68 walks.

  1. randygnyc - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    For those that don’t know what an avulsion fracture is, imagine cartilage, tendon or a ligament that is attached to a bone. Then, it’s tore off the bone, taking a piece of the bone with it. That section of bone never heals in place properly. It fuses back with scar tissue and can likely be torn off again within the first 6 months. Don’t ask me how I know this.

  2. chew1985 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Sounds like the smart thing to do is for him not to play again until the spring, according to Dr. Randygnyc above. He’ll be back in a few weeks, however. I wish him the best. He is great to watch.

    It would really have helped if the Pirates would have gone and gotten a bopper. As I read this story, Marlon Byrd just hit number 22 and could have been had at the 7/31 deadline. And Byrd plays a great defensive game also. Not getting him or anyone similar really hurts now.

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