PITTSBURGH — Shortly after Andrew McCutchen gave the Pirates a 4-2 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers with an RBI double in Monday’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated hitter was escorted off the field by the club’s medical staff.
With two outs in the fifth, Connor Joe flied out to center field and McCutchen was grabbing his lower-left leg as he came up hobbling in between second and third base at the conclusion of the inning.
Two innings later, Miguel Andujar stepped up to the on-deck circle in place of McCutchen as it was revealed McCutchen was removed from the game against the Brewers as a precaution with left Achilles tendon tightness. He’s currently being examined by the Pirates’ medical staff.
McCutchen was eventually replaced in the game by pinch-hitter Joshua Palacios in the bottom of the eighth inning.
McCutchen has been performing well for the Pirates of late, as he extended his hitting streak to four games on Monday. Prior to exiting the game, McCutchen was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
The 36-year-old remains one home run shy of 300 in his career.