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Pirates' McCutchen aims for Tuesday return from DL

Andrew McCutchen said Monday that he plans to return to the active roster Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. He hit on the field Monday against Class AA Altoona righty Jeff Inman, who came to town on the Curve's off day.

"I felt pretty good out there, made some good contact with some balls," McCutchen said. "I pretty much did everything. Swing and miss, check-swung, fouled balls off. None of that bothered me. I felt good go to."

McCutchen wore an EvoShield compression shirt with extra padding around his ribcage, which will help take pressure off the avulsion fracture of a rib on his lower left side that sent him to the DL. It will also protect against getting hit by a pitch in that area. He will wear it in games for the rest of the season.

"If something's going to be hurt, I'd feel it already," he said. "That's not an issue. I know, just from the first swing, if I'm going to be good or not. I felt fine the whole time."

McCutchen said he didn't feel any pain. "I have a really high pain tolerance. I could be in a little bit of pain but not even know it. Right now I feel great. I don't feel any pain, I didn't feel any pain swinging."

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