Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco injured in Pirates' victory over Blue Jays
TORONTO — The Pirates wound up with two outfielders in the trainer's room after their 4-2 victory Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Andrew McCutchen took himself out of the game with an injury to his left knee. Gregory Polanco was examined after taking a foul ball off his foot.
Neither injury appears to be serious.
The club termed McCutchen's injury as left patellofemoral discomfort.
"If your knee could get a cramp, that's what it felt like," McCutchen said. "I feel better now. I'm walking fine. They ran some tests, and everything looked good. We'll see how I feel (on Saturday)."
McCutchen said he did not have an MRI exam.
"Right now, he's day to day, and he's feeling better," head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said.
McCutchen was injured in the midst of the Pirates' fluky, four-run third inning.
"They gave us a crack, and we took advantage," said acting manager Tom Prince, who filled in for absent skipper Clint Hurdle.
With one out and the Blue Jays up 1-0, a slider from right-hander Marcus Stroman (10-6) grazed John Jaso's foot. Francisco Cervelli hit a grounder to second baseman Rob Refsnyder, who tried for a force out but threw the ball into shallow left field. Jaso went to third base.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson made a sprawling stop of Adam Frazier's hard grounder and tried to start a double play.
Refsnyder failed to touch the bag after getting the ball, then threw too late to get Frazier at first base. Jaso scored and Cervelli was safe at second on Refsnyder's error.
Josh Harrison lined an RBI single to center. McCutchen ripped an RBI double that ticked off the mitt of diving center fielder Kevin Pillar. Josh Bell's sacrifice fly made it 4-1.
When David Freese took a strike, McCutchen hopped back to the bag, clutched his left knee and signaled to the dugout.
"When I was taking my secondary lead, my knee kind of grabbed," McCutchen said. "I've had this kind of pain before. We've all had it. You walk, and your knee kind of locks up. You wait for it, and it goes away. That's what I was trying to do, but it never went away."
The Rogers Centre has artificial turf, which can take a toll on players' knees. McCutchen, however, would prefer to play center field than be the designated hitter in the next two games of this series.
'I'd rather play on defense and play the whole game," McCutchen said. "But we'll see how I feel (on Saturday)."
McCutchen is batting .289 with an .899 OPS. He has hit safely in nine of his past 12 games and on Tuesday smacked his team-leading 23rd home run of the season.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (7-5) worked six innings, gave up two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out six.
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Kevin Pillar's sacrifice fly. Jose Bautista led off the third with a solo homer.
After the home run, rookie Raffy Lopez, who replaced Russell Martin (strained oblique) in the second inning, looped a single for his first big league hit.
That's when Taillon turned tough. He retired 12 batters in a row from the third through the sixth innings.
"Me and Cervy (Cervelli) just got rolling," Taillon said. "Cervelli was great all night. He started setting really low in his squat on the two-seamers and curveballs. That really helps me get the ball down."
Taillon gave way to George Kontos when the Blue Jays put runners on the corners with none out in the seventh. Kontos got out the jam without allowing a run.
"I was pretty fired up, the adrenaline was really pumping," Kontos said.
Since being claimed off waivers last week, Kontos has set down all nine batters he's faced.
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