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Pirates put reigning MVP on DL

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(AP) — The Pirates have decided to put the reigning National League MVP on the disabled list.

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been shelved due to a broken rib. The move was listed as Aug. 4, the day after he left a game at Arizona with pain in his side following a swing. The previous day, he was hit in the same area by a pitch from Diamondbacks reliever Randal Delgado.

The Pirates waited a week to see how it would heal.

The Pirates promoted right-hander Casey Sadler from Triple-A Indianapolis before Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.

McCutchen is batting .311 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs this season.

Also in the majors:

— The Royals have added power to their lineup by acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Twins for minor league pitcher Jason Adam. Willingham hit 12 homers in 68 games for Minnesota this year but was batting just .210. He belted a career-high 35 home runs in 2012, his first season with the Twins.

— New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will come off the disabled list Wednesday and make his first start since his suspension for using pine tar on the mound. Pineda has been on the DL since May 6 with a right shoulder muscle injury, and hasn’t pitched since he was ejected from a game against Boston on April 23. He received a 10-game suspension from Major League Baseball for “possessing a foreign substance on his person.”

 

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