The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list, retro 8/4. They have recalled Casey Sadler.
Earlier today I wrote about the whole situation involving McCutchen and Neil Walker being kept off the disabled list. On the surface, the issue is that the Pirates are playing with a 23-man roster, in hopes that they can get McCutchen and/or Walker back a few games early. Digging deeper, the big issue here is that the Pirates were taking an aggressive approach to bringing Walker and McCutchen back, which could have easily resulted in them missing more time. It looks like that might end up being the case with Walker.
If the worst case scenario is that you miss out on a few games from McCutchen by placing him on the disabled list, then I’d say that’s not a bad thing. The worst case scenario with the non-DL approach would have been rushing McCutchen back, and seeing his injury relapse to the point where he’d miss a lot more time than just 15 days.
It’s good that the Pirates made this move, although it’s a move that should have been made a lot sooner. You’d hope that McCutchen is ready to come back when he’s eligible, which would be August 19th.
As for the addition of Sadler, that takes the Pirates to the point where they have a normal bullpen, rather than playing a man short, which is a situation they were in after designating Ernesto Frieri for assignment over the weekend. They’re still a man short on the bench, due to Walker being injured and on the active roster.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.