Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The Pittsburgh Pirates will miss the services of all-star outfielder Andrew McCutchen after suffering an oblique muscle injury against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Sunday.
McCutchen is estimated to miss three weeks to one month and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
After a sacrifice fly hit in the eighth inning, McCutchen held his left side going in to the first base.
The 27-year-old needed assistance after the hit as he left the field for the dugout.
The NL MVP had never been on the DL since his debut on June 4, 2009.
McCutchen played 843 of 868 games for the Pirates since his first-ever appearance.
The absence of McCutchen could seriously hurt the Pirates playoff hopes this season.
The team is currently in third spot behind NL Central leaders the Milwaukee Brewers (1st) and the St. Louis Cardinals (2nd).
McCutchen performed splendidly before the injury, going for a second straight NL MVP award.
The all-star is hitting .311 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs.