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McCutchen limps off field with knee issue


Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen limped off the field with an knee injury Friday at Rogers Centre shortly after stroking a run-scoring double in the top of the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Pirates later announced the 30-year-old left the game due to patellofemoral discomfort. He is considered day to day.

While taking his lead-off from second base moments after giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead in the third, McCutchen appeared to tweak something in his left leg and immediately headed for the dugout, walking gingery off the field. Starling Marte came off the bench to pinch-run for him.

"I mean, I was just taking my secondary lead (and) my knee kind of grabbed," McCutchen told reporters following his club's 4-2 victory. "I don't know, it was kind of weird. I can't really explain it. If your knee can get a cramp, that's what it felt like."

"I've had this type of pain before. We've all had it," he continued. "You know, you walk, your knee kind of locks up. You just wait for it to go away; it goes away. So that's what I was trying to do, wait for it to go away, and it just never went away."

McCutchen, a five-time All-Star, has bounced back with aplomb this season after struggling in 2016, hitting .287/.381/.516 (133 OPS+) with 23 homers, 20 doubles, and 10 stolen bases in 112 games heading into Friday's series opener.

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