"We gave him the day off yesterday to kind of work him through some soreness and just got him out then because we felt it was the right move to make," Hurdle said.
McCutchen was scratched before Thursday's 5-4 win over the Marlins due to right shoulder tightness before entering as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. One of the leading candidates for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a first-inning single and a walk before he was pulled. He has been on a tear in August, hitting .571 with six RBIs and four extra-base hits in eight games.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.