The Philadelphia Phillies were dealt a huge blow on Wednesday when they learned that star outfielder Andrew McCutchen would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
McCutchen suffered the injury in a game against the San Diego Padres on Monday when he came up lame during a run-down play.
The Phillies initially did not give any sort of diagnosis as to what exactly had happened with his knee. Unfortunately, the worst fears were confirmed with Wednesday’s news.
This means that McCutchen will miss the rest of the 2019 season. The outfielder signed a 3-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies during the offseason.
McCutchen was off to a good start with his new team, as he was hitting .256 with 10 home runs. He was etched into a strong Phillies lineup as their leadoff hitter.
Now, the Phillies, who have a half-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, will have to look for a solution to replace him in their lineup and in the outfield.
McCutchen reacted with a frustrated, yet optimistic, tweet that sums up the feelings that he after learning about the extent of his injury.
He will hope to return to the field strong for the 2019 season.