UPDATE: The Pirates just announced that X-rays came back negative on McCutchen’s elbow. He’ll be re-evaluated Sunday, but it sounds like Pirates fans can let out a sigh of relief.
4:50 p.m. ET: According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left today’s game against the Braves after he was hit in the left elbow by a 91 mph fastball from Julio Teheran in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang replaced him as a pinch-runner.
This is the second time that McCutchen has been hit by a pitch in as many days. He was hit in the back by Williams Perez in the fifth inning last night, but stayed in the game.
We’ll pass along an update when we know more, but obviously it would be a tough blow for the Pirates if McCutchen needs to miss an extended period of time.
McCutchen, 28, batted .295/.384/.490 with nine home runs and 44 RBI over 72 games this season. He has bounced back significantly after a slow start.