Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has suffered a torn left ACL and is done for the season.
McCutchen suffered the injury during a rundown between first and second base in Monday’s loss to the San Diego Padres.
McCutchen: ‘It sucks’
McCutchen told reporters Tuesday that he knew something serious was wrong when he suffered the injury, but that he had hoped it was his meniscus.
“It sucks,” McCutchen said.
McCutchen said that no other ligament damage was done and that he hopes to be ready for opening day 2020.
McCutchen, 32, was the Phillies leadoff hitter in his first season in Philadelphia. The five-time All-Star and former NL MVP with the Pittsburgh Pirates was slashing .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI through 59 games. He left Monday’s game as the NL leader in walks with 42.
McCutchen joined the Phillies in the offseason on a thee-year, $50 million deal after splitting last season between the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees.
Outfield shuffle for Phillies
Jay Bruce, whom the Phillies recently acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners, took McCutchen’s place in the lineup Monday when the injury occurred in the first inning.
Bruce, a 32-year-old three-time All-Star, was slashing .212/.283/.533 with 14 home runs and 28 RBI in Seattle. He’ll have a bigger opportunity in Philadelphia than he or the Phillies expected when the trade was made on Sunday.
2017 first-round pick Adam Haseley could also see an opportunity for a call-up and playing time in the outfield. The Phillies were already down an outfielder with Odubel Herrera being placed on administrative leave through June 17 after a domestic violence arrest.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Phillies held a half-game lead over the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East.
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