Pirates' McCutchen has broken rib

Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (22) connects against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (22) connects against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning. REUTERS/David DeNoma

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, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has a broken rib and not an oblique muscle injury, but the team has yet to place him on the disabled list.

The Pirates announced Tuesday that McCutchen has an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the left 11th rib.

"We continue to evaluate Andrew's progress and he will remain on the active roster," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We want to take the appropriate time to make the best possible decision for Andrew and for the Pirates."

With McCutchen out of the lineup, the Pirates activated outfielder Sterling Marte from the concussion disabled list. Marte had joined Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday for a rehab stint after sustaining a concussion on July 21.

It was initially reported that McCutchen's oblique injury could sideline the reigning National League Most Valuable Player for up to a month, but he told reporters Tuesday that he is hoping for a quick recovery and to avoid a stint on the DL.

McCutchen's injured occurred Sunday while he was swinging at a pitch that resulted in an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. He left the game and X-rays were negative, leading McCutchen to say he thought the injury was minor.

On Saturday, McCutchen was drilled in the back by a pitch from Arizona's Randall Delgado. The plunking apparently was in retaliation for the Pirates hitting Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt with a pitch that broke his left hand Friday, and Delgado was immediately ejected.

McCutchen said he thought Sunday's injury was unrelated to the Saturday incident. He said he received treatment for his back Sunday morning, and he went through his warmups "fine, no issues. It wasn't a major issue besides being bruised."

McCutchen, 27, is hitting .311 with a .411 on-base percentage, a .536 slugging percentage, 17 homers, 67 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 109 games.


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