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McCutchen exits game with ankle discomfort

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MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates hope the game was their only loss.

Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen took himself out of the Pirates' 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Friday night after making the final out in the eighth inning, complaining of some ankle discomfort.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates hope the game was their only loss.

Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen took himself out of the Pirates' 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Friday night after making the final out in the eighth inning, complaining of some ankle discomfort.

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"I couldn't even tell you what happened," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He came to me after that last at-bat and said, 'I think I did something to the ankle.' I didn't think it was worth pressing, so we took him out."

Told that McCutchen was seen re-entering the clubhouse after the game in the company of head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk -- absent any limp and even smiling -- Hurdle said, "Good! But I have no other information on that."

Prior to that, McCutchen was given as hard a time as anyone by Milwaukee right-hander Wily Peralta. After getting on base via a force-play grounder and a walk, McCutchen did steal his first two bases of the season, but couldn't find his way home.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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