Andrew McCutchen says his knee has been bothering him since spring training

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This isn’t the most encouraging news for the Pirates…

Andrew McCutchen exited last night’s game against the Brewers in the ninth inning with left knee discomfort and he’s out of the starting lineup tonight. According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, McCutchen confirmed this afternoon that the knee was part of his “lower body soreness” during spring training, but not the sole problem. However, he conceded that the pain is more “acute” now.

As of now, McCutchen is confident he won’t need a stint on the disabled list. In fact, he expects to be available to pinch-hit tonight and return to the lineup tomorrow. We’ll soon find out if that’s wishful thinking or not.