ATLANTA — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is sitting CF Andrew McCutchen for three straight days.
The 2013 NL MVP said he's okay with the decision even if he doesn't agree with it.
"I have to first address myself before I can think about addressing anything else," he said. "I know if I was going out and playing the best ball that I know I can play that I wouldn't be in this position."
The 29-year-old from Fort Meade, in his eighth season, is batting .241 with a .311 on-base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage, all career worsts.
"He's tried a lot of things," Hurdle said. "This man's fought, shown up, done early work, late work, side work, video work. In situations like this where I've seen it happen with good players, you just unplug 'em. The manager's got to do it. I'm just asking him to sign off on it."
RANGERS STADIUM: The Arlington (Texas) City Council gave its initial approval for an election to determine whether residents want to redirect taxes for a public-private setup to build a $1 billion retractable-roof ballpark that would replace 22-year-old Globe Life Park. The city and the Rangers have claimed they would split the cost, though as much as $300 million of the Rangers' share would be paid by a tax levied on parking and admissions, which usually is calculated as part of the city's share.
DL FOR ASTROS' MCCULLERS: Houston RHP Lance McCullers, a former Jesuit High standout, went on the 15-day disabled list because of a mild right elbow sprain.
DODGERS: LHP Clayton Kershaw was moved from the 15- to the 60-day DL to make room for several new acquisitions. Kershaw, out with a herniated disc, is eligible to return Aug. 27.
METS: 1B Lucas Duda, out since May 23 with a stress fracture in his lower back, had a setback in his rehab and was shut down from baseball activities.
PHILLIES: RHP Aaron Nola went on the 15-day DL with a sprained right elbow.
RED SOX: 1B Hanley Ramirez sat out with a sprained left wrist, suffered when he slipped down the stairs to the visitors' clubhouse Tuesday night.
YANKEES: C Gary Sanchez, 23, one of the team's top prospects, was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could see time at DH.