Per Hurdle, #pirates optimistic McCutchen can "rejoin us tomorrow" when eligible to come off DL.
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) August 18, 2014
In his Monday afternoon report, Pianovich stated that McCutchen faced live pitching Monday, taking 20 full-speed swings off Minor League pitcher Jeff Inman and had no pain in his side while swinging the bat. The plan is to have him back in the lineup Tuesday when the Pirates continue their three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.
Pianovich quoted McCutchen describing his pain-free batting practice session. Said McCutchen,
"The way I injured it was by swinging. So swinging is the biggest thing. If the swinging feels good, I feel good. And the swinging felt good today. I have a really high pain tolerance. So, I could be in a little bit of pain but not really feel it. If I was a normal person, there might be something there. It's not hindering me from doing anything I have to do."The Pirates have lost 8 of 13 games, including their last five, since McCutchen last played on August 3. They dropped four games in the standings in that span, so getting their catalyst back will help them rebound and get back into the race. They currently stand 5.5 games out in third place in the N.L. Central as play begins on August 18.
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