The Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder is suffering from a wrist injury, which could hamper him in the middle game of this road series.
McCutchen has reached base in 29 straight games against the Cubs (59-79), although he was forced to leave Friday’s 3-1 victory in the first inning when he was struck by a Ryan Dempster(notes) pitch in the area around the left wrist.
Although he remained in the game to run the bases, McCutchen was removed between innings and replaced by Jose Tabata(notes). The Pirates said McCutchen does not have a fracture and is listed as day to day.
“It sounded bad at the plate,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “A lot of discomfort where (the trainer) was working him. I don’t think we could have gotten any better news than what we got. We’ll just take it day to day.”
McCutchen is hitting .376 with five homers, 22 RBIs, 18 walks and nine steals during his streak of reaching base against Chicago. He’s a career .375 hitter at Wrigley Field.
Pittsburgh (63-75) ensured that it will leave town in fourth place in the NL Central with Friday’s win. Brian Burres(notes) pitched into the sixth inning in his first start of the season and Alex Presley(notes) reached base four times and scored twice.
Presley became the first Pirate to record two triples in a game since McCutchen on June 8, 2009. He has five triples in 29 games this season.
Burres’ effort helped Pittsburgh improve to 5-2 at Wrigley with a 1.92 ERA in those games - its second-lowest in any ballpark. The Pirates have a 1.58 ERA this year at Turner Field.
Ross Ohlendorf(notes) (0-1, 6.27 ERA) has a history of pitching well against the Cubs, going 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts. Ohlendorf, however, is winless in his last 13 outings dating to last season, going 0-6 with a 4.40 ERA.
The right-hander has missed most of 2011 with a right shoulder strain, and this will be his third start since returning Aug. 23. He allowed two runs over five innings and did not get a decision Monday in a 7-4 loss at Houston.
The Pirates are seeking to win consecutive road games for the first time since July 17 and 25.
Chicago has lost nine of 12 overall, committing two errors Friday to increase its total to a major league-worst 116. Carlos Pena went deep to reach the 25-homer plateau for the fifth straight season.
“I said this before, just the fact that I’ve been able to hit one in the big leagues is a blessing to me and I’m very grateful for it, let alone hit so many,” Pena said.
The Cubs have lost the last five starts by Casey Coleman(notes) (2-7, 7.14), who is 0-4 with an 8.06 ERA in that span. He yielded three runs over a season-high seven innings Sunday in a 3-2 defeat at Milwaukee.
The right-hander is 0-4 with an 11.64 ERA in five home starts. He has never started against the Pirates.