Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been diagnosed with "an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the left 11th rib" according to the club, but the defending National League MVP has not been placed on the disabled list.
"We've got some time in front of us, I think, to give him more opportunity to heal, to see when we need to make a decision" manager Clint Hurdle said. "We don't feel necessary, the need to make a decision on his health 1/8Tuesday3/8."
McCutchen was diagnosed by a doctor in Arizona and was re-evaluated by team doctors in Pittsburgh. Hurdle said the team will continue to evaluate whether the star center fielder needs a stint on the DL or not.
"Your choices are to put him on early and sit 15 days," Hurdle said. "Or maybe get him back before then in a productive state. We want to make sure we take care of him first."
McCutchen said he could not bend over and put his shoes on two days ago but that he has improved dramatically since then, and kicked up his legs waist-high to demonstrate.
"It's not an oblique strain, it's a little piece of cartilage torn off a rib," McCutchen said. "Ultimately it's going to be how I feel at the end. There's a gray area in the doctor realm. Everybody's body is different."
McCutchen said he could not rule out a connection to the rib injury from when he was drilled by a pitch in the spine on Saturday night in Arizona.
"I don't know. I don't want to count that out because I take a million swings a day," McCutchen said. "One swing, all of a sudden that happens. Not too certain, as far as maybe could that have had something to do with it? At the same time, I don't know. I really don't know."
The Pirates also have recalled outfielder Starling Marte from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the seven-day concussion disabled list. He will play center field in place of McCutchen on Tuesday and Josh Harrison will play left field.
"We continue to evaluate Andrew's progress and he will remain on the active roster," said Dan Hart, providing information from General Manager Neal Huntington. "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."
To make room for Marte on the active roster, the club has placed infielder Pedro Alvarez on the Bereavement List.
Marte, sidelined since July 21, went 1-for-12 in three games with Class AAA Indianapolis, playing two games in left field and one in center field.
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