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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Phillies’ Andrew McCutchen still recovering from knee injury and won’t be ready for Opening Day

Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen will be forced to open the 2020 regular season on the Injured List, manager Joe Girardi announced on Friday. The team is hopeful that McCutchen will be able to return at some point during the month of April, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

McCutchen is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, which he suffered in early June of last year, and he’s not going to fully recovered in time for the start of the season. At the time of his injury, McCutchen in his first season in Philly was enjoying solid production, as he put up a line of .256/.378/.457 (115 OPS+) with 10 home runs and 43 walks in 59 games. That’s in addition to seeing time in left and center. For his career, the 33-year-old former NL MVP owns an OPS+ of 134 and a WAR of 43.6 across parts of 11 major league seasons, most of them with the cross-state Pirates. The injury was an uncharacteristic one for McCutchen, who played in at least 153 games in eight of his first nine full seasons in the majors.

We can expect Phillies fans to take this with quiet dignity, right?

 

QLE Posted: February 29, 2020 at 12:40 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: andrew mccutchen, knee, opening day

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: February 29, 2020 at 05:40 PM (#5927292)
It's looking less and less likely that McCutchen will have the Torii Hunter style late career that I was hoping he would have.
   2. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: February 29, 2020 at 06:40 PM (#5927303)
It's looking less and less likely that McCutchen will have the Torii Hunter style late career that I was hoping he would have.
yeah; he looks more likely to have a mike cameron kind of run in him.
   3. Sunday silence Posted: February 29, 2020 at 07:32 PM (#5927309)
I disagree. Cameron was a 5 WAR at his peak and declined to where he put 3 3 WAR seasons in his mid 30s.

Mccutheon is declining so rapidly I think there is significant chance he doesnt even have an age 35 season. What year was it he got drilled in the back? That seems to be a pivotal event in his career.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: March 01, 2020 at 10:28 PM (#5927433)
AM (first) vs TH in OPS+

28: 144 105
29: 104 106
30: 123 112
31: 120 123
32: 115 111 (AM just 262 PA)

Hunter began his transition to RF the next year. Other than age 28, those are pretty similar. Hunter had 18 WAR in this period to AM's 11 though but that's basically all defense. Anyway, over the next 5 years, Hunter was actually a bit better at 19 WAR, mostly in RF/DH, including the only two 5-WAR seasons of his career. That's top 30 for ages 33-37 in the expansion era, right in the middle of Rickey, Edmonds, DwEvans and Sheffield. So optimistic obviously for McCutchen but I was hoping he'd settle in as a 120-125 OPS+, above-average fielding RF.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: March 01, 2020 at 11:08 PM (#5927438)
Granderson and McCutchen are about two of the most joyful and classy MLB players of the last few decades.

Grandy is retiring. if Cutch is or almost done, who else is on their level?

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