PITTSBURGH -- Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen made a quick return Saturday from the stomach flu that had waylaid him. On Sunday, he was told to take two days off from the lineup and get right.
"Left to his own means, he'd wander out there again," said manager Clint Hurdle, who again replaced McCutchen with Nate McLouth in center field for the series finale against the Reds. "It's not fair for him right now. It's not fair for us."
With an off-day following Sunday afternoon's game at PNC Park, McCutchen will have the benefit of consecutive days of rest before he tries another return. In Saturday's game, he went 1-for-3, and also played a single into a triple, allowing a hard-hit ball to slither under his glove.
"You saw him. I think we're all best served by giving him a break, and we'll revisit his situation on Tuesday [when the Bucs open a set against the Nationals]," Hurdle said.