DENVER -- Citing stiffness in his right shoulder, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen elected to sit out of Thursday's 9-3 loss to the Rockies for precautionary reasons. He was scratched from the starting lineup just over an hour before first pitch.
In Wednesday's 6-2 win, McCutchen re-aggravated a shoulder injury when he nailed his shoulder against the outfield wall to make the catch. After being attended to by trainers, McCutchen remained in the game and ended up playing all nine innings. However, when McCutchen tested out his shoulder in the batting cage Thursday morning, he felt too much stiffness to continue.
"There was no pain. It was just stiff," he said. "I figured it might loosen up, but it didn't want to loosen up. It's still not 100 percent yet. I'll show up [Friday] and see how it feels."
McCutchen missed six games last week with a sprained right AC joint, though he is optimistic that this latest setback won't cost him that much time. He is listed as day-to-day and will be reevaluated prior to Friday's game in St. Louis.
Jose Tabata replaced McCutchen in center and atop the batting order. The rookie outfielder finished 2-for-4 and scored two of the Pirates' three runs.