The Pittsburgh Pirates have put star centre-fielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken rib after waiting a week to see how it would heal.

The Pirates promoted right-hander Casey Sadler from triple-A Indianapolis before Monday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

McCutchen's move was listed as Aug. 4, the day after he left a game at Arizona with pain in his side following a swing. The previous day, he was hit in the same area by a pitch from Diamondbacks reliever Randal Delgado.

The Pirates felt McCutchen was hit in retaliation for Arizona all-star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt sustaining a season-ending broken left hand a night earlier when hit by Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.

McCutchen is batting .311 with 17 home runs and 67 runs batted in this season. The reigning National League MVP leads the playoff-contending Pirates in batting average, on-base percentage, homers and RBIs.