Fantasy Baseball hopefuls you can breathe easy, for now… 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen does have a rib fracture but was not put on the DL-list.
Now don’t get too happy as the star won’t be on the field for at least three days. The Pittsburgh Pirates have given two reasons for this; one, it will depend on the stud center-fielder’s pain and discomfort level and two, the team hopes that “Cutch” can recover within two weeks.
One positive sign is that the outfielder was able to ice his torso and put on his own socks for the first time since the injury.
Time for evaluation
“The plan is to keep evaluating me right now and see how I feel,” said McCutchen who hopes to be back in a couple of weeks and also avoided the disabled list once again in his five year MLB career.
The Pirates meanwhile will try to improve despite the big loss; the team currently sits at 59-52 and is fighting with the St. Louis Cardinals for a Wild Card spot while being half a game back. But filling in for Cutch will be easier said than done, Pirate bats have been shaky so far this season and don’t seem to be getting any better at the moment.
For the time being though the outfield may have to consist of a combo of Starling Marte, Josh Harrison, and Travis Snider or Gregory Polanco. Harrison has been the most consistent bat as of late with a stretch of four games in a row with a Home Run in each of them.
Marte has been injured for short stretches and has lost of bit of his timing at the plate because of it. Polanco is probably the best prospect in the Pirates’ organization and has made a decent impact since being called up.
Snider hasn’t played much recently but is usually a decent bat and good defender. As of now there is no actual timetable for McCutchen’s return but we will keep you posted as we learn of it.
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