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Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen to the DL

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McCutchenThe playoff hopes of the Pittsburgh Pirates may have just taken a serious blow, as all-star center fielder Andrew McCutchen has suffered a strained oblique muscle and will be going to the DL.

The strained oblique has sent Andrew McCutchen to the 15 day DL according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to that same reort, McCutchen may be out for at least 3 weeks.

McCutchen was injured during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the 8th inning, McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly and grabbed his left side while jogging to 1st base. McCutchen needed help off the field and walking down the steps to the dugout.

This will be McCutchen’s first trip to the DL in his career, only missing 25 games since he he came to the big leagues in June of 2009, playing in 843 of 868 games since his debut June 4, 2009.

The loss of McCutchen, who is hitting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs, could be a major blow to the Pirates, who sit just 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for 1st place in the NL Central Division, and are only .5 a game back for the 2nd wild card spot in the NL.

The likely replacement for McCutchen is Starling Marte, who is on the 7 day concussion DL, but could be recalled from his rehab assignment at AAA Indianapolis in time to play for the Pirates in their upcoming series against the Miami Marlins.

That leaves a hole in left field, which would normally be filled by utility man Josh Harrison, but Harrison has been playing 3rd recently to add production to the spot.

If Harrison is to stay at 3rd, Travis Snider has also played left while Marte has been injured.

The injuries sustained Pirates may force them to miss the playoffs this season, after making it to October for the first time in 2013 since 1992.

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