Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 4 Days

The Pirates may rest McCutchen more frequently in 2015. "Andrew, like all those guys, wants to play," manager Clint Hurdle said. "But there comes a point where we want to maximize productivity," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

McCutchen, who averaged 157 games played in his first four full seasons, went on the disabled list for the first time in his career last summer (he still appeared in 146 contests). The team is deeper than in past years and will look to give the 28-year-old an occasional day off. On those occasions, Starling Marte will likely slide over to center field from left, with Andrew Lambo, Sean Rodriguez, Josh Harrison or possibly even Corey Hart taking the vacated outfield spot.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 5 Months

McCutchen went 1-for-4 with an RBI double Friday against the Reds.

His 38th double tied his single-season high. McCutchen still needs two stolen bases to reach 20 -- a level he's hit in each of his five prior seasons. His .954 OPS leads all NL hitters and is narrowly better than his own career best (.953).

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 5 Months

McCutchen provided all of the offense for the Pirates Monday, cracking a solo home run in Pittsburgh's win.

McCutchen's solo shot was all the Pirates would need thanks to a strong start from Francisco Liriano. The center fielder has been consistently strong all season, collecting 24 home runs and 76 RBI.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 5 Months

McCutchen, who has swiped at least 20 bags in each of his first five seasons, remains stuck on 17 stolen bases heading into the final week of 2014.

He was picked off first and was caught stealing over the weekend. Look for the center fielder to be active on the basepaths in Week 26. McCutchen was hit by two Matt Garza fastballs Saturday and also collided with the center field wall, but hasn't missed any action. He has just four RBI in September, but holds a .329/.417/.534 line in 19 games. Keep in mind that Pittsburgh might choose to rest McCutchen after its playoff ranking is determined.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 6 Months

McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored Thursday in Philadelphia.

He was the object of a high and tight 96 mph fastball thrown by Luis Garcia. McCutchen narrowly avoided the bean ball to the head on a night in which a number of fellow major leaguers weren't so lucky. On a positive note, McCutchen hasn't shown any noticeable effects of a rib avulsion fracture, racing around the bases during an inside-the-park homer Wednesday.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 6 Months

McCutchen went 3-for-4 and reached base four times Monday, registering his third consecutive three-hit game.

He continues to excel despite a rib injury. McCutchen, who ranks second in the NL behind Giancarlo Stanton with a .938 OPS, has a homer in three career at-bats against Tuesday starter David Buchanan.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 6 Months

McCutchen went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Saturday, registering just his second three-hit game since the All-Star break.

McCutchen entered Saturday slashing .239/323/.389 in 130 plate appearances since July 18. The reigning NL MVP continues to play with a rib injury, but the fact that he attempted to steal a base Friday bodes well for his general health.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 6 Months

McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two runs scored and one double Monday against the Cardinals.

The Pirates are trying to make a playoff push and McCutchen will need to continue to hit well if they are going to make it. He is now hitting .308 with 21 home runs and 72 RBI for the season.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 6 Months

McCutchen (rib), who has two singles in his last 10 at-bats, saw only 10 pitches in four at-bats Friday.

It appears he's looking to hit the first decent pitch he sees, as every swing likely aggravates his rib fracture. It would be surprising to see McCutchen add to his 17 stolen bases, given his injury, but his mere presence in the lineup provides a boost to his team. It would be unwise for fantasy owners to expect MVP-like numbers from McCutchen in the short term.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 6 Months

McCutchen (left rib discomfort) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

True to his word, McCutchen will man center field after he downplayed the injury that forced him out of Tuesday's game. The rib discomfort is an injury that McCutchen will likely have to negotiate on an on-and-off basis throughout the rest of the season, but it's unlikely to result in him missing any extended action.