Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was held out of Saturday's lineup after leaving Friday night's game in the ninth inning with left-knee discomfort.
McCutchen said he did not have an MRI. “There's nothing structural,” the Pirates star said. “I'm fine.”
But it is perhaps troubling that McCutchen admitted before Saturday's game that the sore knee also was bothering him when he missed two weeks of spring training games.
McCutchen revealed there was something else bothering him beyond his knee.
“My mind,” he said. “It's been a little different for me this year. Battling a few things, just trying to get myself back to par. That's how it's been for a while. It's frustrating. I want to be out there with nothing hindering me and performing like a I know I can. Right now, I'm not there.”
This could all be premature, of course. Maybe he mildly sprained his knee and he'll be fine in a week or two. But this has struck me as worrisome since he started sitting out spring training games.