The Phillies caught a tough break on Tuesday after news broke that one of their star outfielders will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.
Andrew McCutchen, who arrived in Philadelphia this offseason via free agency, suffered a torn ACL in the first inning of Monday’s loss to the San Diego Padres. McCutchen collapsed along the first base line after being caught in a rundown, clutching his left knee as he fell to the dirt. There was no contact made to the area of the injury on the play. The 32-year old slugger left the ballpark on crutches, but hopeful that he had escaped major ligament damage.
“I’ve had an ACL injury before, and I know what that feels like,” said McCutchen after the loss. “This didn’t feel like that.”
That turned out not to be the case, as an MRI later revealed the devastating news.
In his first season with the Phillies, McCutchen was batting .256 along with 10 homers and 29 RBIs. One of Major League Baseball’s healthiest players, McCutchen has previously appeared on the disabled list only once, back in 2014 when he dealt with a left rib fracture. Now, Philadelphia will be forced to battle with the Atlanta Braves for the no. 1 spot in the NL East without the former MVP.
Jay Bruce, who filled in for McCutchen went down, is expected to continue to play in left field. The Phillies also called up Adam Haseley from Triple-A Leigh Valley to start in center field.
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