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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCutchen exits with rib discomfort

By on 8/26/2014 11:58:00 PM

Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, the reigning NL MVP,  was removed from Tuesday's 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning due to left rib discomfort (video here and below). The outfielder exited two innings after making a spectacular catch, according to Tom Singer of McCutchen was replaced by Starling Marte in center with Jose Tabata comng in to play right field.

McCutchen, who is hitting .309/.406/.542 (OPS+ 165) with 20 homers and 70 RBI, was activated on August 19 after landing on the DL with an avulsion fracture to his 11th rib on the left side.

Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen, 26, was the Pirates' first round draft pick in 2005, made his debut June 4, 2009 and came in fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Posting a career .298/.384/.496 line, the slick fielder has been named to the NL All-Star team three times, won two Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove award, as well as coming in third for NL MVP in 2012.  He was named the 2013 NL MVP after he propelled the Buccos to the postseason for the first time since 1992. Pittsburgh signed their star to a 6-year $51.5 million contract for the years 2012 through 2017 with a team option for 2018.

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