Braun out, McCutchen in for All-Star game
Andrew McCutchen is an All-Star, after all.
The Pirates center fielder was named to the National League All-Star roster Saturday in place of injured Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. McCutchen was chosen by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the NL squad.
"Regardless of how it happened, I'm on the team," McCutchen said. "It's definitely a good feeling for me."
In his third season in the majors, McCutchen, 24, is batting .289 with 13 homers, 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
"He's earned his way," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We're so proud of him."
Braun was the top vote-getter in the National League. He has sat out the past seven games due to a strained left calf and chose not to risk further injury by playing in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Pirates announced the news on PNC Park's video scoreboard during the fourth inning of last night's game against the Chicago Cubs. The sellout crowd roared as McCutchen stepped out of the dugout and doffed his cap. He received another, louder standing ovation when he came to bat in the fifth.
"They told me a couple innings before that," McCutchen said. "That was great to see (the fans) show their support. It showed they're behind me. It showed me that, even before they found out, I was an All-Star to them, and that's a good feeling."
McCutchen is the second Pirate chosen for this year's All-Star Game. Closer Joel Hanrahan was voted in by the players.
The Pirates have two All-Star representatives for just the fourth time since 1993. They haven't claimed three or more All-Stars in any season since 1990.
Last week, Hurdle said Bochy "whiffed" by passing over McCutchen for a reserve spot when rosters were announced Sunday. Bochy bypassed McCutchen again Friday when he replaced injured Shane Victorino with Andre Ethier.