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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCutchen has fracture, not strain

By on 8/05/2014 08:00:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the results of the evaluation on center fielder Andrew McCutchen: he has a fractured rib, not an oblique strain as originally thought. McCutchen, though, has not gone onto the disabled list as of August 5; he wants to see if there is a faster time to recover says Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Sawchick also noted in a message a few minutes later that it is the 11th rib on McCucthen's left side.

McCutchen took a Randall Delgado fastball in the ribs in the ninth inning of Saturday night's game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played Sunday, and in the eighth inning, he grabbed his left side after hitting a sacrifice fly as we reported Monday.

McCutchen is not on the disabled list at this point.'s Stephen Pianovich reports that he and the Pirates will first try to see if he can recover before the mandatory 15 days that the disabled list would require as a minimum time frame. Pianovich quoted McCutchen describing the situation. Said McCuthen,
"[The plan is to] keep evaluating me and see how I feel right now. We don't want to make a decision yet; we don't want to put me on the DL right away because there's a chance I could be better before 15 days are up. There's a chance."
According to Pianovich, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has not indicated a timetable to even make the decision about putting his center fielder on the disabled list. At this point, McCutchen is listed as day-to-day. Starling Marte came off the concussion list and is in center field Tuesday night for the Pirates.

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  1. Mark Robert JonesAugust 5, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Kind of removes any doubt now on what caused the injury (not that there was much doubt to begin with).