Andrew McCutchen is expected to go on the 15-day disabled list, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cook says that McCutchen could be out for three weeks or a month, and says he might have a serious oblique injury, which he suffered on Sunday.
The injury is a big blow to the Pirates, who are in the thick of a playoff race. They're currently 1.5 games back and in third place in the NL Central, and half a game back from the second Wild Card spot. Losing their best player, and the MVP of the league, really hurts.
Starling Marte can take over for McCutchen in center field when he completes his rehab work. Gregory Polanco hasn't had the best start to his career, and the Pirates will need him to step up now, more than ever. Travis Snider could possibly emerge with playing time now, giving him the chance to see if his recent production off the bench has been legit. Since Polanco arrived, Snider has put up a .292/.343/.523 line in 70 plate appearances as a bench player,...
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