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Andrew McCutchen set to return to Pirates lineup after injury

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen expects to come off the disabled list when he is eligible to return on Tuesday after being sidelined with a rib injury.

Reigning NL MVP is batting .311 in 109 games this season

Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen expects to come off the disabled list when eligible Tuesday after nursing a rib injury. The reigning NL MVP is batting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs in 109 games this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen expects to come off the disabled list when he is eligible to return on Tuesday.

McCutchen pronounced himself "good to go" after taking live batting practice Monday. The reigning National League MVP is batting .311 in 109 games with 17 homers and 67 runs batted in.

McCutchen, who has been out with a rib injury, wore padding on his torso while facing a Pirates farmhand at PNC Park before Monday's game against Atlanta.

He says the BP session was "basically reassurance there that I can go out face some live pitching, get my swing ready for the games."

McCutchen experienced sharp pain while taking a swing in an Aug. 3 loss at Arizona. He was placed on the DL on Aug. 11 after not playing for a week.

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