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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCutchen, Francisco Liriano

By on 7/03/2014 09:00:00 AM

Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen left the Pittsburgh Pirates' win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night after fouling a ball off his left foot. Stephen Pianovich of reports that McCutchen sustained the injury in the eighth inning and was replaced defensively in the ninth, although he did complete his at-bat first with an RBI single.

Pianovich adds that the center fielder jogged "gingerly" to first on his single and had ice on the foot after the game, although the injury is apparently not serious. Starling Marte moved over to center for the ninth inning and with the versatile Josh Harrison on the roster and capable of playing the outfield, along with top prospect Gregory Polanco, the Pirates should have cover if McCutchen has to miss a game or two. The Pirates finish their series with the Diamondbacks tonight at 7:05PM ET.

In other Pirates injury news, left-hander Francisco Liriano appears to be progressing well in his recovery from an oblique strain. According to Pianovich, Liriano pitched four innings in a simulated game and manager Clint Hurdle seemed pleased with the results:

"He's throwing all of his pitches, working out of the windup and the stretch," said Hurdle, who watched three of Liriano's simulated innings. "There's some rust, but there seems to be no complications so far. So it's going well."
A rehab start looks to be the next step and given the proximity of the All-Star break, it seems unlikely that the Pirates will try to rush Liriano back before then. A couple of minor league outings would leave Liriano in line to return right after the break.

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