There’s no timetable for how long Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be sidelined with a sprained A-C joint.
“I’m sure a majority of it will depend on how I feel,” McCutchen said this afternoon. “I don’t want to try to play when I’m still somewhat hurt. I want to go out there 100 percent (healthy).”
McCutchen is not in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. He injured his right shoulder Sunday while making a diving catch.
“I hate that it had to happen, but at least I made the catch,” McCutchen said, grinning.
X-rays on McCutchen’s right shoulder showed no fractures. McCutchen was re-evaluated today by team doctors, who confirmed the initial diagnosis of a mild sprain.
“He feels a little better today, but he’s still sore,” manager John Russell said. “We’ll continue to monitor it day to day and hopefully get him back sooner rather than later. He’s a tough kid. I know he’s going to be anxious to get back out there, but we’ve got to be smart with it and make sure he’s ready to go.”
Russell sustained a similar, but more severe, injury during his playing days, and wound up missing eight weeks.
The injury is to McCutchen’s throwing shoulder, so Russell said the team will take an extra-cautious approach with his rehab.
McCutchen is not wearing a sling. In the clubhouse this afternoon, he sat near Evan Meek’s locker and strummed a guitar for a while.
“I’ve never had an injury like this before,” McCutchen said. It changes the way you do a few things, as far as putting on clothes and sleeping at night.”
One thing that won’t change is McCutchen’s all-out approach when he plays defense. He was injured making a daredevil grab in the eighth inning with the Pirates comfortably ahead of the Houston Astros, 6-0.
“I’m not going to let up,” McCutchen said. “I’m going to try to make the plays that we need to make. I’m going to keep going out there and giving 100 percent.”