The Pittsburgh Pirates, locked in tight races in both the National League Central and in the NL wild-card, have to be holding their collective breath after reigning NL Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen left Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an apparent side injury.
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported via Twitter:
#Pirates call it discomfort in Andrew McCutchen’s left side.
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 3, 2014
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McCutchen left the game after hitting a sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2 in the eighth inning. He was replaced in center field by Michael Martinez when Pittsburgh took the field for the bottom of the eighth.
McCutchen needed help to get down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse.
He made his fourth straight All-Star Game appearance last month and is hitting .310/.410/.534 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI for the Pirates this season, scoring 64 runs with 31 doubles and 17 steals in 18 attempts in 108 games.
He also led the National League with 67 walks entering play on Sunday.
Pittsburgh fell back into third place in the NL Central after a 3-2, 10-inning loss Sunday to the Diamondbacks, 1 ½ games behind the Milwaukee Brewers and a half-game behind the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Pirates trail the Cards by a half-game and the San Francisco Giants by a game in the wild-card race.