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 Posted: Wed Apr 19th, 2017 05:05 pm
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In a bit of a bind following the suspension of Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced that Andrew McCutchen will inherit center field duties, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.

Marte was suspended Tuesday for violating the MLB's drug policy. Marte will begin serving his 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension immediately.

McCutchen was the most likely candidate, especially with Gregory Polanco still dealing with a groin injury and making just one plate appearance - a pinch hit - since Friday.

McCutchen lost the starting center fielder job coming into the season after a horrendous 2016 campaign - at least defensively. By DRS, McCutchen cost the Pirates 28 runs in center field, while UZR was only slightly more kind, suggesting the 30-year-old star cost 18 runs of defense.

In a corresponding move to Marte's suspension, the Pirates called up Jose Osuna who will get his first taste of the big leagues. The 24-year-old is capable of playing first base and the outfield, and may shift to right field. Although, John Jaso, Adam Frazier, or Josh Harrison also seem to be candidates to get some starts in the corner outfield.