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Monday, August 11, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen

By on 8/11/2014 08:00:00 PM

After a week of waiting to see if his rib would heal, the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially placed center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list for the first time in his career. However, second baseman Neil Walker will likely not go onto the disabled list with McCutchen now there. Here is the latest update via's Stephen Pianovich.

According to Pianovich, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington called McCutchen's progress "remarkable" as McCutchen recovers from a fractured rib suffered when hit by a pitch on August 2. He played the next day but left in the eighth inning holding his side (pictured) after hitting a sacrifice fly. The team had waited to see if McCutchen would recover enough to play in fewer than 15 days, but even after he spent three days swinging a bat and fielding fly balls, McCutchen is still not ready.

The DL stint is retroactive to August 4, so he is eligible to come off on August 19.

Meanwhile, Walker is out of the starting lineup for the eighth straight game Monday with back tightness. The Pirates do not expect to disable him, especially now with McCutchen out. Since Walker pinch hit Saturday, a DL stint would keep him out until August 26. The Pirates consider Walker day-to-day.

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