8/27/2014 12:40 P.M. ET
Cutch returns after sustaining left rib injury
By Stephen Pianovich / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen was back in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday, a day after he tweaked an ailing rib in his left side. However, Pedro Alvarez -- who also left Tuesday's game -- was out of the lineup to nurse his sprained left foot.
A fractured rib put McCutchen on the disabled list for the first time in his career earlier in August, and he was pulled after five innings in a game in which he hit his back on the center-field wall while making a leaping catch in the third inning. He also looked to be in some pain after taking swings in that game.
"I'm not going to be passive; I'm going to keep playing like I play," said McCutchen, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner. "If my body says, 'No,' my body says, 'No.' But it's nothing big. This takes time to heal, and there are going to be days like this. We just want those kinds of days to be miniscule."
Alvarez injured his foot while diving for a ball in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's 5-2 win against St. Louis. He was wearing a walking boot following the game and on Wednesday morning, and Alvarez said there was discomfort between his toes.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle did not have an update on Alvarez on Wednesday morning, and he met with reporters before posting the lineup for the afternoon's series finale against the Cardinals.
First number, last word
5.15: Adam Wainwright's career ERA at PNC Park, the highest in any stadium at which he's pitched at least twice. However, Wainwright has still managed a 5-2 career record at the Pirates' home ballpark.
"The perception is you handle these guys. You don't handle these guys -- you handle animals. You talk to people. You sit them down, you tell them what's going on, you tell them the truth. Players are always able to deal with the truth. They may not like it initially, but it's the truth and you get it out there. You tell them, 'Here's the next opportunity to prepare for.'" -- Hurdle, on conversations with his players
• Russell Martin made his sixth straight start on Wednesday afternoon, marking the catcher's 11th start behind the plate in the Pirates' last 12 contests. The Bucs have an off-day on Thursday before hosting the Reds this weekend.
• Tony Watson pitched two innings Tuesday for just the second time this season. Watson allowed the two runners he inherited from Gerrit Cole to score, but he was not charged with any runs. The left-handed reliever collected his ninth win of the season.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.