Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 8 Hrs

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.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 19 Hrs

McCutchen, who left Tuesday's game with left rib discomfort, said he expects to play in Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

McCutchen was pulled in the sixth inning of Tuesday's contest after he slammed into the wall earlier in the game, aggravating the injury that resulted in a stay on the DL earlier this month. The outfielder noted that he hasn't been fully healed since returning, and that on some days, the soreness is more persistent than others. The injury isn't something that should cost McCutchen much time the rest of the way while the Pirates remain in the race for the NL Central crown. McCutchen went 0-for-3 before leaving Tuesday, but he's otherwise hit pretty well since returning, smacking three homers in seven games.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 22 Hrs

McCutchen was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after five innings with left rib discomfort.

The aggravation presumably occurred in the third inning, when he crashed into the outfield wall tracking ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter. McCutchen will be re-evaluated Wednesday, but the Pirates could opt to hold him out of the finale against St. Louis, as to give him two full days to recuperate with the team off Thursday.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 2 Days

McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Monday against the Cardinals.

McCutchen is heating up as he has a home run in three of his last four games. The Pirates will need him to continue to lead their offense as they make a run towards the playoffs.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 3 Days

McCutchen, who hit his 19th homer Sunday, says he's playing at less than full strength following a rib fracture. "It's good enough to play. It's good enough to swing," McCutchen told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "That's probably how it's going to be the rest of the season. It's going to be good enough."

McCutchen's injury situation throws up a red flag for fantasy owners, but the center fielder hit two home runs over the weekend at less than 100 percent. At this point in the pennant race, McCutchen will likely play through pain he might decide to sit out in April or May. His status will go a long way toward determining Pittsburgh's postseason hopes.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 3 Days

McCutchen has six hits in 11 career at-bats against Sunday starter, Mike Fiers, including four home runs and nine RBI.

He's 3-for-9 with a dinger in his last two games after going hitless in first eight at-bats off the DL. Make sure McCutchen is in your starting lineup Sunday.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 5 Days

McCutchen crushed his 18th homer of the season Friday, going 2-for-5 with his first homer since belting a pair in Cincinnati on July 12.

McCutchen's 438-foot blast to right-center field stuck in the wheel well of a promotional Toyota, giving fantasy owners plenty of reason to ride out the season with Cutch. He's now hit 13 career homers in Miller Park, more than in any other road venue.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 6 Days

McCutchen is hitless in eight at-bats since returning from the DL, an indication that his timing isn't quite right yet.

He saw a team-leading 21 pitches in four at-bats Wednesday but expanded the strike zone in hitter's count to help get himself out. A 96 mph fastball from David Carpenter nearly plunked McCutchen in the ninth inning, but the NL MVP was able twist out of the way without re-injuring himself -- a good sign going forward. McCutchen has 12 homers and a career .936 OPS at Miller Park where Pittsburgh plays its next three games, giving him a chance to get back on track. Since the All-Star break, the center fielder is batting .200/.321/.262 in 78 plate appearances.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 7 Days

McCutchen went 0-for-4 for the second straight day Wednesday following his activation from the disabled list Tuesday.

There are some questions as to whether McCutchen will actually get back to 100 percent down the stretch, but it's very difficult to sit a player of his caliber even if there are lingering concerns about his health.

Andrew McCutchen CF PIT 8 Days

McCutchen (ribs) has been activated from the DL and is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

McCutchen, who has not played since August 3 due to a broken rib, will bat third and man his usual center field position. The reigning NL MVP took batting practice Monday and will look to pick up where he left off, as he hit the DL in the midst of an impressive four-game span during which he went 6-for-13 at the plate with two doubles, three walks and four RBI. On the season, McCutchen is hitting .311 with 17 home runs 67 RBI and 17 stolen bases.