Girardi: Andrew McCutchen will not be Ready for Opening Day
News from Phillies Spring Training from Joe Girardi that Andrew McCutchen will start the 2020 season on the injury list.
Girardi added that this wasn’t a setback from his 2019 injury, the team just doesn’t think he will have enough time to get prepared before Opening Day.
Andrew McCutchen leaves game with knee injury 🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/9J0EAlhqIZ
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 4, 2019
It’s not the end of the world, but a healthy Andrew McCutchen can definitely help this team. The guy can literally be plugged anywhere in the batting order and although he’s not an MVP caliber player anymore – he’s still a guy that can provide a spark when he steps up to the plate. Last year Cutch was off to a .256 avg, 10 hrs, and 29 rbi start in his 262 plate appearances before the injury struck.
With Cutch out early – this definitely opens up a spot that someone needs to fill in the outfield. Jay Bruce will most likely move up to fill Cutch’s spot – leaving the door open for Neil Walker, Kyle Garlick, or Nick Martini to secure a bench role.
McCutchen should be ready to take the field in April.