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Pirates place reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list

Aug 11, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

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After initially holding out hope that Andrew McCutchen could avoid the disabled list–including general manager Neal Huntington saying yesterday that he’d made “remarkable” progress in his recovery–the Pirates have placed the reigning MVP on the shelf with an avulsion fracture of his rib.

McCutchen spent one week on the active roster but unavailable to play, so the Pirates are able to backdate his disabled list stint. However, there’s certainly no guarantee that Pittsburgh’s center fielder and No. 3 hitter will return when eligible.

Prior to the injury McCutchen was actually besting last season’s MVP-winning production in many key categories while hitting .311 with 17 homers, 17 steals, a league-leading 68 walks, and a .949 OPS.

In his absence the Pirates have shifted Starling Marte from left field to center field while using Travis Snider and Josh Harrison in a left field time-share. Pittsburgh is 62-55, trailing Milwaukee by 2.5 games in the NL Central and holding onto the second of two Wild Card spots.

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Thanks a lot, Diamondback assholes!

    • jrbdmb - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Shame they can’t figure out a way to plunk Gibson in the back. Now *that* would be gritty.

    • stex52 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      What’s really a shame is that MLB obviously will do nothing about those idiots. Maybe when the owner gets tired of Towers running his team into the ground……..

      • chill1184 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        I honestly dont see Gibson or Towers for that matter going into 2015 with the Dbacks. I think LaRussa is letting them hang themselves in order to make his case to clean house.

    • noflyzoneaz - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Look how sour you Pirate fans are…last time I checked they ended Paul Goldschmidt’s season too. Which he was having a much better season than McCutchen was having on a bad team. Give it a rest. Eye for an eye.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        But the d-bags weren’t in a pennant race. They weren’t playing for anything. That’s the difference. Goldy is probably happy to not go out there and be a part of a loss every night.

      • stex52 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        One tiny difference nofly. The first one wasn’t on purpose. The D’backs set out to hurt Cutch.

      • noflyzoneaz - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        I get what you are saying stex, but if the tables were turned I think that the Pirates would have done the same thing. It’s just unfortunate that either of them were hurt. Nobody wants to see that.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Another difference, one caused a guy to miss the rest of the season, the other didn’t cause a injury. The location of the HBP was no where near the location of the fracture. Indeed, every medical opinion has stated that the 2 events are highly unlikely to be related. But hey, the D-backs are dicks, so lets just assume this is their fault.

      • nderdog - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        So even if that’s true, it’s totally cool to try to injure someone because of an accident as long as you don’t actually cause serious damage? Seriously, what planet do you people live on to think that what the D-Bags did was okay? I just can’t wrap my head around how anyone can support a scumbag move as retaliation for something that wasn’t remotely intentional.

      • noflyzoneaz - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        nderdog are you new to baseball? This happens all the time.

      • stex52 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Gotta go with the dog. You can argue the cause. They were trying to hurt him. Where is that okay?

  2. scrot7 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    If ever there was a guy that could do it, my money would have been been on Andrew ‘Love Log’ McCutchen, but I guess the story remains consistent….. You still can’t reach it, even by cracking a rib.

  3. phillysports1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    If Tulo and Cutch are hurt, Who’s your NL MVP 2014 ? ?

    • chill1184 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Kershaw?

  4. Stiller43 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Oh good, theres someone actually dumb enough to think what AZ did was right, or fair at all.

    Your batter started to swing at the pitch because it was close to the zone. Your pitched planted one square in the spine in response.

    Im glad you (presumably) have no role in the justice system.

    • noflyzoneaz - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Where did all you Pirate fans come from anyways? A few years ago you all were nonexistant!!!

  5. noflyzoneaz - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Didn’t you read what I wrote? I said Goldy was on a bad team but he was still putting up better numbers McCutchen. Your right they weren’t in a pennant race but he was in the running for the NL MVP!

  6. wilmyers09 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    johnnysoda u ended goldys season u idiot cutch will be back u guys are lucky cutch isn’t out for longer u guys are the real a holes

  7. timmons94 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Yes the d backs were pathetic but blame frieri. He doesn’t hit goldy. Cutch doesn’t get plunked. And we hit more batters than any team in baseball I bet almost another incident Sunday

  8. yahmule - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    This was inevitable. I love the guy, but what was going to happen the first time he had to dive for a sinking liner?

  9. SocraticGadfly - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    There’s still no evidence clearly connecting the plunking to the injury. Give it a rest, Pirate fans. Zona fans who want to make your team look blameless, you also give it a break, OK?

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      When things go bad everyone wants to blame someone. It’s the internet. Faux rage and a scapegoat are required.

  10. bobmcbigballs - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Funny how HBT hasn’t posted anything about the Pirates (league leader in hitting batters) drilled Tommy Medica in the head with another up and in pitch that got away this weekend. Guess it doesn’t fit the narrative.

  11. paco53 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    It’s ironic how the Pirates fans are crying. Last year they drilled Brandon Phillips in the hand; he was never the same after that, even though he did not go on the DL. He did miss a lot of games and his average and power plummeted.

    The Pirates hit more batters than anyone else in the majors. They call it “aggressive” but almost everyone else calls it “headhunting.” In 2 years the Pirates almost sent one good player to the DL and the Pirates sent a MVP-candidate to the DL for the rest of season this season.

    I am surprised that MLB does nothing about it. Headhunting damages the major league product. MLB needs guys like Goldschmidt playing because fans pay to see him play.

  12. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    I think it would be really difficult, to intentionally hit a batter in the hand ? Leg, arm, back, sure, but the hand, that’s some control !

    • paco53 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I am not saying that they hit the hand on purpose with pinpoint control. But, when you are constantly throwing at batters, critical parts are hit once in a while. The Pirates seem to love those fastballs that go up & in with no real intention of hitting the strike zone. It is no secret that the Pirates go after the best hitters in any team’s lineup.

      • pnelelm - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        I think it’s a stretch to say “It is no secret that the Pirates go after the best hitters in any team’s lineup”. They have made it a point to pitch inside a lot, but it’s not like they pitch inside to Goldschmidt and then threw sliders away to everybody else. I don’t have a problem with the Pirates pitching inside, nor do I have a problem with a batter (even McCutchen) getting plunked in retaliation, I think the reason many Pirates fans are upset was the timing/manner of the retaliation against McCutchen. But to say Cutch was hurt as a result of the Diamondbacks fighting back against a Pirates mantra of targeting the opposition’s best hitter doesn’t quite add up to me. Just my two cents.

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