Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen left the Pirates-Cardinals game at PNC Park in the sixth inning tonight with “left rib discomfort.”
The discomfort presumably occurred after slamming his back into the centerfield wall to make a spectacular catch in the third inning that robbed Matt Carpenter of a hit.
McCutchen, according to the Pirates, was to be treated Tuesday night and reevaluated on Wednesday.
He only returned from the disabled list Aug. 19 – exactly one week ago Tuesday from a rib fracture, or more specifically, an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the 11th rib.
McCutchen has said repeatedly he has felt "good enough" to be back in the lineup, but has never said he feels 100 percent.
Pedro Alvarez, who was beginning to heat up again with three home runs in the last three games, also left the game with "left foot discomfort."
The club said Alvarez would be treated and reevaluated on Wednesday.