Coming Off Surgery, Andrew McCutchen Says He'll Be Ready When Season Starts

Andrew McCutchen
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Andrew McCutchen was supposed to miss, approximately, the first month of the 2020 MLB season recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last June. 

But thanks, or no thanks, to the coronavirus McCutchen told NBC Sports Philadelphia that he'll be "ready to go" when the season begins. 

The Phillies, under new manager Joe Girardi, went into Spring Training toying with different ideas of potential leadoff hitters to replace McCutchen at the beginning of the season. It seemed the catcher J.T. Realmuto was the front-runner. 

Now, the 33-year-old outfielder says, that's a moot point. 

"I guess I didn't pay much attention to who I wanted to lead off because I'm the leadoff guy," McCutchen told

"We had a handful of guys who could do it but I guess I don't have to worry about that anymore because I'll be leading off."

Fair enough. 

In 59 games last season, his first as a Phillie, Cutch had a slash line of .256/.378/.457 with 12 doubles, 10 homers, and 29 RBI. Philadelphia's offense was never the same with McCutchen at the top of the lineup. 

With sports paused around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wait, for McCutchen to lead off for the Phils and begin the 2020 season.

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