McCutchen back in lineup Saturday

McCutchen back in lineup Saturday

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Concern about Andrew McCutchen's ailing left wrist was alleviated on Saturday morning after the center fielder talked his way into the afternoon's lineup.

McCutchen exited Friday's game before the bottom of the third, with what the team later announced as left wrist soreness. Nothing else was known about the severity of the injury until Saturday, when McCutchen revealed that X-rays came back negative and that the wrist was no longer bothering him.

"I can hit, I can throw, I can do anything," McCutchen said. "It's fine. I just wanted to get it checked to make sure it's nothing serious. It ended up being nothing serious, just nerve irritation. I was definitely nervous, because I've never dealt with anything with my wrist before."

McCutchen said he's still not exactly sure what caused the soreness, but that he woke up Friday morning and felt a pain when he touched his wrist. He compared the sensation to the feeling someone gets when they hit their funny bone.

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Though the center fielder was not initially slated to play on Saturday, he convinced the staff that he was good to go before the team bus left for Dunedin, Fla. McCutchen started in center and finished the day 2-for-3 with a double, two-run homer and two runs scored.

"The hand was a non-issue," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's good to go."