McCutchen has a torn ACL, out for the year

Andrew McCutchen out for the year for the Philadelphia Phillies
The worst fears from late Monday night became a reality Tuesday afternoon as MRI results on Andrew McCutchen's left knee showed a torn ACL. The veteran outfielder will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

It's troubling news for the Phillies, a club riding a five-game skid and already short on outfield depth. Toss in the fact that McCutchen has been one of the more reliable offensive threats in the lineup this season and you'll understand why this is such a devastating blow.

McCutchen suffered the injury in the opening frame on Monday night when he attempted to get into a rundown to prolong a play that included Jean Segura popping up to second base, slipping out of the box, and then not hustling down the first base line.

McCutchen entered Monday leading all major-league leadoff men in runs and walks. He'll be missed at the top of the lineup, but also in the clubhouse where he was a veteran leader with a calming presence.

To take over for McCutchen the Phillies promoted Adam Haseley from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He'll be making his debut tonight in San Diego, hitting in the eighth spot while playing center field.

It's only early June and the Phillies enter play tonight with a slim lead over the Braves in the NL East, but things are starting to turn south for the club in a hurry.

The Phillies have two more games remaining out in San Diego before coming off to an off day on Thursday. The club welcomes Cincinnati in for a weekend series beginning Friday.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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