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McCutchen Out for the Season with ACL Tear

Andrew McCutchen is helped off the field by a trainer during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 3, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

It was a routine rundown with anything but a routine ending. In Monday night’s loss to San Diego, a first inning rundown ended with Andrew McCutchen on the ground, clutching his knee. It didn’t look good from the start and when the official diagnosis came down, it wasn’t good at all. Andrew McCutchen, who had been a strong spark out of the Phillies leadoff spot in the order and a big defensive addition in left field, had torn his ACL and was lost for the season.

At the time of the injury, McCutchen led all leadoff men in runs and walks and ranked fifth in on-base percentage and extra-base hits. One of the qualities that the Phillies loved when they signed McCutchen was his durability and the fact that he had avoided injuries, only once in his career winding up on what was formerly known as the DL.

Replacing McCutchen will be interesting. Nick Williams, who has struggled this season at the plate, could be one option. The Phillies optioned him back to Lehigh Valley to get regular at-bats, but now, they have the opportunity to get him playing time at the major league level if they choose to do so. Newly acquired Jay Bruce is another option if the team decides not to give Williams the first shot. One wildcard is the oft-injured Roman Quinn, who appears close to returning from the IL after his latest battle with an injury.

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