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Monday, August 4, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCutchen exits with side discomfort

By on 8/04/2014 07:30:00 AM

Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen was forced out of the Pittsburgh Pirates' extra-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night with what was referred to as 'left side discomfort'. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune tweeted the news on Sunday night:
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spoke to McCutchen, adding that X-rays had been taken but they revealed no break. Biertempfel reported that the center fielder felt 'cramping' on his left side when he hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, grabbing the area on his way to first base. McCutchen could not identify the exact area where he was hurt and will be further evaluated on Monday.

Michael Martinez, who started at second base in place of the banged-up Neil Walker, shifted to center field to cover for McCutchen. Martinez is much more used to playing the infield, starting just 52 of 737 minor league games in center, with 15 of his 91 major league starts there. Starling Marte is the only player other than McCutchen to start at center for the Pirates in 2014, but he is still out with a concussion. A long-term absence for the Pirates' best player would be devastating in what is turning out to be another incredibly close NL Central race, with just a game and a half separating the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates.

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