Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen looked very rough in the early going this season, noticeably limping around on a knee injury that bothered him since spring training and hitting just .194 through the end of April.
However, the former MVP has looked like his usual self (and then some) in May, hitting .330 with five homers, nine doubles, and a .988 OPS in 25 games. He’s even stolen three bases without being caught after going 0-for-1 on steals in April.
It might take another few weeks for McCutchen’s overall numbers to get back to their usual lofty marks, but even after hitting below .200 in April he’s tied for 15th among National League position players in Wins Above Replacement.
You can breathe now, Pirates fans. He’s back.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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