McCutchen has fractured rib; Not placed on DL

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PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the left 11th rib.

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"We continue to evaluate Andrew’s progress and he will remain on the active roster," Pirates GM Neal Huntingdon said Tuesday. "We want to take the appropriate time to make the best possible decision for Andrew and for the Pirates."

“We don’t want to make a decision yet.  We don’t want to put me on the DL right away because there’s the possibility that it could be better before the 15 days are up,” said McCutchen.

McCutchen left Sunday's game at Arizona in the middle of the eighth inning after driving in the tying run in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly.

A day earlier, McCutchen was hit in the lower back with a pitch. He said he thinks that was in retaliation for Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri hitting Arizona star Paul Goldschmidt in the hand on Friday, ending his season with a broken bone.

According to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, the injury is not related to McCutchen getting hit by the pitch.

Since his first full major league season in 2010, McCutchen has played at least 154 games a season. He averaged 156.5 games the previous four seasons and has played in 109 of 111 games this year.

The four-time All-Star is batting .311 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.