McCutchen, 32, was attempting to run back to first base in the first inning of Monday’s game when he crumpled to the ground, grabbing his knee. Tuesday’s MRI confirmed the Phillies’ worst fears.READ MORE: DA: Shooting At Park City Mall Results In Injuries, Mall Closure
In 59 games this season, McCutchen hit .256 with 10 homers and 29 RBI. He signed a 3-year, $50 million deal with the Phils in the offseason.
The Phillies wished him luck in his recovery on Twitter Tuesday.
Following the diagnosis, McCutchen told reporters he hopes to be ready by opening day next year.READ MORE: Protestors Demand Full Investigation Into Fanta Bility's Shooting Death, Want Sharon Hill Officers Fired
“It’s a sucky dynamic,” McCutchen said, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. “It’s not the news I wanted to hear.”
In his place, the Phillies have called up one of their top prospects, Adam Haseley. Haseley was drafted No. 8 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft out of the University of Virginia.
After a hot start to the year in Double-A, Haseley was promoted to Triple-A, where he appeared in just six games before getting called up to the majors.
Still, the Phillies are thin in the outfield, with McCutchen’s injury and Odubel Herrera on administrative leave. That leaves Bryce Harper as the Phillies’ lone outfielder remaining from Opening Day.MORE NEWS: Ben Simmons Practices With Sixers For First Time Since Returning To Team
Over the weekend, the Phillies acquired outfielder Jay Bruce, 32, from the Mariners. But with McCutchen now out for the season, general manager Matt Klentak may not be done dealing just yet.