Andrew McCutchen is battling some Achilles tightness

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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.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.