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Pirates expect Andrew McCutchen back when eligible Tuesday

Aug 18, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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First the Pirates delayed placing Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list in the hopes he could play through a fractured rib and now the team expects him to come off the disabled list when eligible Tuesday.

Manager Clint Hurdle told Tom Singer of MLB.com that the Pirates are “optimistic” the reigning MVP center fielder can “rejoin us tomorrow,” which would mean returning without first going on a minor-league rehab assignment.

In his absence Pittsburgh has shifted Starling Marte from left field to center field and used Travis Snider as the primary left fielder. And the Pirates have gone 5-8 without McCutchen in the lineup, including five consecutive losses.

Prior to the injury McCutchen hit .311 with 17 homers, 17 steals, a league-leading 68 walks, and a .949 OPS, once again ranking as one of the league’s most valuable all-around players.

  1. jrbdmb - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Hoping he’s really ready to go out there, but concerned that this is a panic move by the Pirates to save their season. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

    • florida76 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Agree about not wanting to rush McCutchen back, but the Pirates are still a valid contender. Even with the losing streak, and yet another starting pitcher(Morton) sidelined.

  2. steelpenbucs87 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Can he pitch?!

    Kidding of course – adding an MVP to the line up is always going to be a boost, however the source of the 5 game losing streak and all the recent struggles are on the mound, not the line up card.

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