The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Starling Marte and have placed Pedro Alvarez on the bereavement list, according to a team press release. Last night, Ryan Palencer wrote about how Marte wasn’t experiencing any setbacks in his rehab. He played center field yesterday for Indianapolis, and is expected to take over in center field for Pittsburgh with Andrew McCutchen expected to go on the disabled list. No word yet on McCutchen’s status. Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the injury is not an oblique injury, which is different than what we’ve previously heard.

Pedro Alvarez going to the bereavement list should mean that Travis Snider will get the bulk of McCutchen’s playing time while he is out. I wrote about McCutchen’s potential replacements last night, noting that Snider’s recent success made him the best option, with the best backup plan being Alvarez returning to third base and Josh Harrison going to the outfield.

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  1. A bit of good news on an otherwise gloomy day is that the brewers FINALLY have a pitcher on the dl ( garza) the only thing keeping them in contention has been their starting pitching. They have little to no depth so this should be the begining of the end for them. Now the bucs have to step up and at least maintain their position until cutch gets right.

    • Their starting pitching got them out to a big lead, but that has slowly eroded away even before the Garza injury. At the end of June, Milwaukee was 18 games over .500 (51W – 33L). Now that has shrunk to 10 games over (61W – 51L).

  2. For civilians, the average time for a fractured rib to heal is 6 weeks. But we know Cutch is Superman.

    If Cutch returns before fully healed, Billy Ripken’s advice on MLB.tv was to be sure to get the barrel on everything swung at, because the follow-thru on a swing-and-miss is gonna hurt a lot. So I imaging that’s exactly Cutch’s plan, lol.

    • I once broke 3 ribs and played a week later. I wasn’t swinging a bat though, just throwing. I am thinking 2 weeks for Cutch, which is better than the 3 to 4 originally projected.

  3. So according to Cutch it’s a fracture of the 11th rib, left side, with collateral ligament damage. And Cutch wants to try to heal fast and not go on DL. Admirable on his part, but I think perhaps Neal & Clint need to tell Cutch to take a rest.

    Oh next year’s AZ series should be fun.

        • Who in the heck do you think you are?! Worthless no brain moron would be my guess. Just because I’m right more often than not and don’t go along with the wrong people on here,including you. If you don’t like what I say that must mean truth is not your thing. So don’t go away mad just go away!

      • Regardless of who died,the only thing we can be sure of is that pedros career in pittsburgh is dead. ( maybe not buried, but dead.)

        • Probably – but some of us are a bit sad about that – not jumping for joy like you seem to be…

          • Pedro is an albatross that has cost this team big time. So am I happy that a lead weight has been lifted, your darn right I am. It’s not like the pirates did not give him enough chances.

              • The truth is’nt always pretty, that does not make it anyless true. I will not now or ever sugar coat something just to make you or anyone else on here feel all warm and fuzzy. Pedro stinks,end of story.

            • Everyone is entitled to their opinion – but I think Pedro played a huge role in getting the Bucs their first winning season in 20 years last year. I do not think they make the post season without him. He is not alone in struggling. SOME of his plate struggles were as a result of trying to “fix” things that probably did not need fixed. Make more contact – use the entire field – go deeper in the count. I thought he should have just stayed focused on hitting the ball as hard as possible into the river.

              Yes the throws have gotten to the point that something had to be done – but calling him an albatross when the buffoons who are playing first base are still around is a bit extreme.

              I thought months ago – before the Ike Davis trade that the smart move was to get Pedro started at First – still do not understand why a good athlete can’t be at least a serviceable first baseman – yes it will take him time to get the nuances – but why not keep the HR potential in the lineup.

  4. I guess pedros cousin in miami has passed, condolences,I guess? If this does not prove that the pirates are done with pedro I guess the trade that’s coming will finally convince folks of it.

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