According to manager Clint Hurdle, McCutchen said he felt "a little something along of the lines" of what he felt in his knee before he had knee surgery during his sophomore year of high school, and that heightened his awareness.
"He wanted to make sure nothing was stretched or out of place," Hurdle said. "Once we went through those procedures -- the MRI -- there was nothing structurally out of place. So he felt much better."
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.