This probably isn’t what Pirates fans want to hear with a big weekend series against the first-place Cardinals coming up, but Andrew McCutchen is out of tonight’s lineup with what he describes as a “tight Achilles.”
McCutchen dealt with a left knee injury earlier this year, but he made sure to point out that it isn’t an issue right now. According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the All-Star center fielder said that he’s just “been a little sore” and “hobbling around a little bit.” Barring something unexpected, it sounds like he will play in the series opener in St. Louis:
McCutchen was just named the National League Player of the Month after hitting .348 with a 1.079 OPS in August. The 28-year-old is batting .303/.404/.517 with 20 home runs, 85 RBI, and seven steals over 128 games on the year.
Curt Schilling was recently taken off ESPN broadcasts for the Little League World Series and Sunday Night Baseball as a result of a tweet which compared Muslims to Nazis. The expectation was that he would only miss one week of Sunday Night Baseball and return this coming Sunday, but that’s no longer the case. In fact, he’s done for the remainder of the season at the very least.
Here’s the announcement from ESPN:
At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.
ESPN presumably changed their minds on Schilling after his email exchange with Dan Levy was posted on Awful Announcing this week.
It’s unclear what this announcement means for Jessica Mendoza, who filled in for Schilling on Sunday Night Baseball this past Sunday, alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
The Giants’ division rival also got a minor deal done late tonight, as the Dodgers just announced that they have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Ruggiano was designated for assignment by the Mariners back in June after batting just .214/.321/.357 with two home runs and three RBI over 81 plate appearances. After clearing waivers, the 33-year-old was sent to Triple-A Tacoma, where he has batted .296 with 10 home runs and an .899 OPS over 49 games.
This is mostly a depth move for the Dodgers, who currently have Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez on the disabled list. Ruggiano has a history of producing against left-handed pitching, so he could carve out a role down the stretch. Because he was acquired by August 31, he would be eligible if the Dodgers wanted to carry him on a postseason roster.