PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen has a broken bone in his ribcage two days after being hit by a pitch, but the Pirates centerfielder and last year's NL MVP hopes to avoid going on the disabled list.
McCutchen left in the eighth inning of Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks at Phoenix after feeling pain in his side when he swung at a pitch. He had to be helped down the dugout steps to the clubhouse and also needed help getting dressed.
McCutchen said he couldn't be sure that getting hit caused the injury but wouldn't rule it out.
"I don't know, but I've taken a million swings and have never felt anything in my side until Sunday," McCutchen said.
McCutchen was hit in the back by a pitch from RH reliever Randall Delgado on Saturday night.
Also, the Pirates activated LF Starling Marte from the seven-day concussion disabled list and placed 3B Pedro Alvarez on the bereavement list.
PADS PICK GM: The Padres have hired Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller as general manager, foxsports.com reported. Preller, 36, has been with Texas for 10 years, overseeing a variety of departments. He has headed up international scouting and currently oversees both player development and scouting.
COMMISSIONER SEARCH: Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB's executive vice president of business; and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner are the finalists to replace commissioner Bud Selig when he retires in January, USA Today reported. Owners will vote on the successor Aug. 14.
BREWERS: Former Rays RHP Matt Garza went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
NATIONALS: LH reliever Matt Thornton, who had a 2.55 ERA in 46 appearances with the Yankees this season, was claimed off waivers from New York.
RED SOX: RF Shane Victorino was scheduled to have season-ending back surgery. OF Allen Craig went on the disabled list with an injured left ankle.
TIGERS: RH reliever Jim Johnson agreed to a minor-league deal a week after the former closer was released by the A's.
YANKEES: LH reliever Rich Hill was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.