MILWAUKEE -- Some red flags popped up when the Pirates posted Friday night's starting lineup and Andrew McCutchen's name wasn't on it. After all, McCutchen is hitting Brewers pitching at a .500 rate, and had also homered in his last four games in Miller Park.
However, there is nothing wrong with the All-Star center fielder. Recent track record be darned, manager Clint Hurdle wanted to take advantage of Thursday's off-day to give McCutchen a "48-hour blow."
"If you've watched the last few games, he's really laid it all out there," Hurdle said. "We talked about it, and he said he's good to go, that everybody is tired at this time.
"I understand that, too. But being able to piggy-back on the off-day, it was a good day to give him added rest for what's in front of us."
Alex Presley, fresh back from Indianapolis, started in center Friday and batted leadoff, pushing Jose Tabata down into the two-hole.
McCutchen last missed a start on July 29, when he did come off the bench as a pinch-hitter in that game in Houston. Prior to that, he had sat out the July 1 game in St. Louis.
All told, including an early-season bout with a stomach virus, McCutchen has missed five starts. The Pirates were 0-5 in those games.