PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk informed members of the media at PNC Park on Tuesday that Andrew McCutchen is being placed on the 10-day injured list with a partial tear in his left Achilles tendon.
The injury will keep McCutchen in a walking boot for at least the next six weeks, effectively ending his 2023 season. Surgery is not currently being discussed as an option in McCutchen’s recovery.
Though the Pirates wouldn’t explicitly state that McCutchen’s season is officially over, a minimum of six weeks in a boot takes us well past the end of the regular season.
McCutchen left Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers early due to what was described as left Achilles tendon tightness.
It’s a difficult ending for McCutchen in his first season back with the Pirates after signing a one-year free agent contract in the winter.
On the season, McCutchen has served primarily as the club’s regular designated hitter while anchoring the top part of the lineup.
In 112 games, McCutchen slashed .256/.378/.397 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs, 43 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
It’s been a memorable season for the 36-year-old as he has checked off several milestones for his career, including 2,000 hits and 2,000 games played.
Unfortunately for McCutchen, he will not be able to check off one more major benchmark this season. He currently sits with 299 home runs in his 15-year-career.
Andrew McCutchen will hit the free agent market again this winter as his one-year deal with the Pirates expires.
To take his spot on the roster, infielder Jared Triolo was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. In 36 games with the Pirates this season, Triolo has hit .273 with a .664 OPS, two doubles, one home run and 16 RBIs.
Triolo is not in the Pirates’ lineup for Wednesday’s matchup with the Brewers at PNC Park.