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Andrew McCutchen Has a Rib Injury

Andrew McCutchen Has a Rib Injury

Yesterday we heard that Andrew McCutchen was injured with what was believed to be an oblique strain. Dejan Kovacevic reported today that the injury is not an oblique injury. Travis Sawchik has the details straight from McCutchen.

It was a stretch to blame the possible oblique injury on Randall Delgado and the Diamondbacks. But a fractured rib? There are a few ways that this could happen. Getting hit with a 95 MPH fastball is one of those possible ways.

McCutchen won’t go on the disabled list yet, since he is hoping for a quick recovery.

If he could make a quicker return — quicker than the one month that was speculated yesterday — it would be huge for the Pirates.

UPDATE: The Pirates have released more details on the injury, from General Manager Neal Huntington.

“Andrew McCutchen has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the left 11th rib.  We continue to evaluate Andrew’s progress and he will remain on the active roster.  We want to take the appropriate time to make the best possible decision for Andrew and for the Pirates.  We will have an additional updates as applicable.”

If you’re wondering where the 11th rib is located, it’s right around here:

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UPDATE: Clint Hurdle doesn’t think the injury stems from being hit with the pitch.

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