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Andrew McCutchen expects to play today

Aug 27, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

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Andrew McCutchen suffered an avulsion fracture in his left rib cage and missed two weeks. He came back and hit three home runs in six games after being activated, but he aggravated the injury on a catch against the outfield wall in the third inning Tuesday against the Cardinals. Losing the reigning MVP for long while the Bucs are in the wild card race would be disastrous. But it appears as though disaster is being averted:

McCutchen said he expects to play Wednesday when the Pirates and Cardinals wrap up their three-game series at PNC Park.

McCutchen is hitting .307/.403/.539 on the year and is playing his usual stellar brand of defense. If he can stay healthy and the Pirates make the playoffs, he’s likely a back-to-back MVP. If he goes down and the Pirates don’t, well, it sorta tells you why he’s the current MVP.

  1. succulentnipples - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Big John Football will also play.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      “Big John” LMAO!

  2. apkyletexas - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Back-to-back MVP? Impossible.

    Craig told us at the beginning of the season that Bryce Harper would run away with the award. And Craig has never been wrong.

    • Reflex - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Well as pointed out by Asimov, there is a relativity of wrong. Is Craig sometimes wrong? Yes. Is he as wrong as you typically are? Not even close.

      Explain to everyone again how the Pirates always develop their prospects “the right way” and how the M’s ruined Griffey and Maddux was not HoF caliber.

  3. stex52 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I don’t see him as back-to-back MVP this year, although he has a shot. He is certainly one of the best, and he is doing a good job of playing through pain. Rib injuries have a way of reminding you they are there every time you breathe.

    If it were a knee, shoulder or elbow I would prefer he sat and got better. But a rib injury should heal easily 100% for next year.

  4. ud1951 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Darn Matt Carpenter, purposely hit that ball to the warning track to send Cutch a message.

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