One of the top picks in every fantasy baseball format this spring was Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen. He won the National League MVP last year and was having another strong season, before he was forced to hit the 15-day DL earlier this month.
McCutchen has been out since August 3 when he was drilled in the ribs by a pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks SP Randall Delgado. The All-Star outfielder unfortunately suffered a broken rib in his left side to go along with a nasty cartilage injury and was forced to shut it down for a couple weeks.
As expected, though, McCutchen was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday to play against the Atlanta Braves. He walked right back into the starting lineup and instantly eased the minds of thousands of fantasy owners in the process. His much-awaited performance wasn’t anything to write home about, though.
Cutch struck out in the first inning and appeared to be a little behind on the fastball from Aaron Harang. He then lined out to third base in the fourth inning and grounded out to third in the sixth. The superstar finished the game by grounding into a double play in the eighth inning to finish the game 0-4. Cutch was also 0-2 with Runners In Scoring Position. It was certainly not the superstar stat line we have come to expect from the reigning NL MVP.
McCutchen will be putting up MVP numbers very soon, so fantasy fans will simply have to remain patient with their number one stick. He will be filling up the box score before the end of the week.