McCutchen suffers mild right ankle sprain

Andrew McCutchen has been diagnosed with a mild right ankle sprain after twisting it in the third inning of the Pirates’ 9-3 loss to Los Angeles. The Pittsburgh center fielder is listed as day-to-day.

The incident happened with two out in the third after McCutchen sprinted down the first-base line, trying to beat out an infield grounder. Dodgers pitcher Hirokoi Kuroda went to cover first base and McCutchen seemed to catch part of Kuroda’s foot and the outside of the bag in his final stride.

McCutchen immediately went down and lay head first in the grass before being attended to by Pirates trainers.

“I was trying to avoid his foot since his foot was on the inside part of the bag,” McCutchen said afterward, his ankle heavily taped. “I was more scared than I was hurt, I think. I felt like I twisted it pretty bad.”

Eventually, McCutchen tested out his right ankle with a few sprints and declared himself OK to remain in the game. He remained in until midway through the sixth. Hitting in the top half of the inning, McCutchen’s ankle began stiffening up when he tried to plant his foot, and manager John Russell took him out immediately after.

“After the adrenaline wore off, it started getting a little sore on me,” McCutchen said. “It’s pretty minor. I can still run on it and put pressure on it. I’m sure it’s not that big of a deal.”

The Pirates can only hope that it’s not a big deal and that their prized outfielder will be ready to go when Pittsburgh opens up a nine-game homestand in two days. McCutchen has been the team’s most consistent offensive performer this season and entered Sunday hitting .368 with seven RBIs in his last eight games.

When asked if he expects to be ready to go when the Pirates welcome Chicago to PNC Park on Tuesday, McCutchen replied: “I plan on it.”

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