Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen was forced to leave Monday night’s series opener in San Diego after suffering an apparent knee injury in the first inning. McCutchen, who drew a leadoff walk, was caught in a run-down after second baseman Ian Kinsler intentionally dropped a pop-up hit by Jean Segura. McCutchen needed assistance to leave the field.
The Phillies should provide an update on McCutchen’s status later tonight. In the meantime, recently-acquired outfielder Jay Bruce entered the game in left field and Sean Rodríguez moved from left field to center.
McCutchen, 32, inked a three-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in December. He entered Monday’s action batting .256/.375/.457 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI, and a league-high 42 walks in 261 plate appearances.
Nick Williams, who was just sent back down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room on the roster for Bruce, may get called back up if McCutchen needs to be placed on the injured list.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).