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Andrew McCutchen grabs side after swing, leaves game due to injury

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Pirates center fielder and reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen left Sunday's game with an injury after grabbing his side following a swing in the eighth inning. He slowly walked to the dugout and needed some help going down the steps and into the clubhouse.

The Pirates announced McCutchen left the game with left side discomfort and I'm sure he'll head for a battery of tests. If it's an oblique injury, it could have him on the shelf for weeks, not days. Obviously losing McCutchen for any length of time would be devastating.

McCutchen, 27, came into Sunday's game hitting .310/.410/.534 (166 OPS+) with 31 doubles, 17 home runs, 17 stolen bases and a league-leading 67 walks. He is quite simply one of the three or four best players in the world right now.

The Pirates are currently one game back of the Brewers in the NL Central. They are locked in a three-way tie with the Giants and Cardinals for the two wild-card spots.

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