McCutchen day-to-day with shoulder sprain

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Andrew McCutchen exited Sunday’s 9-0 win over the Astros in the eighth after suffering a mild sprain of his right AC joint, which is the joint at the top of the shoulder.

For now, McCutchen’s status is day-to-day. Manager John Russell didn’t rule him out for Monday’s game, though it still seems unlikely that the center fielder will be ready to play that quickly given how sore his neck was after Sunday’s game. X-Rays did come back negative, meaning that there is no fracture.

McCutchen suffered the injury when he made a diving catch on Pedro Feliz’s hit to short center. McCutchen landed awkwardly on the grass, and as he tumbled, his weight put a significant amount of pressure on his neck.

He got up grimacing and immediately started heading to the dugout.

“I knew I wouldn’t be able to swing a bat right after I did it,” McCutchen said. “That’s why I just came off the field. Seeing the ball off the bat, I didn’t really see it until late. It was kind of a late dive where I couldn’t really prepare myself. I just kind of landed on it bad, and I think it as just the weight that made the snap of the neck.

“Trying to make a good play,” he added. “That’s all.”

Since being drafted in 2005, McCutchen has never spent time on the disabled list, and it looks like he might be able to avoid that this time, too. Indications after the game were that the injury was not serious enough to warrant such a shutdown.

He will be reevaluated on Monday.

“When it first happened, I didn’t really know what to expect,” McCutchen said. “When I got the X-Rays back negative, it made me feel a little bit better. I’m just going to see how I feel [on Monday] and go from there.”

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