Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen admitted that he is not 100 percent recovered from his rib injury, but that didn’t stop him from slamming a ninth-inning home run off Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez on Sunday.
McCutchen is fourth in the National League with a .305 batting average and also has 19 home runs and 69 RBI this season. McCutchen missed 14 games with a fractured rib, and Pittsburgh went 5-9 in his absence.
"Well, I'm definitely not 100 percent,” McCutchen said to the Pittsburgh Tribune‑Review. “I think that's obvious, but I'm good enough to hit a home run in the ninth against their closer.”
McCutchen, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, said the pain would probably be there for the rest of the season.
"It's good enough to play. It's good enough to swing,” McCutchen said. “It's going to be good enough.”
The Pirates are five games back of the Brewers in the N.L. Central, after Pittsburgh lost to Milwaukee 3-2 on Sunday.
- Scooby Axson