McCutchen’s return nears as woes vs. lefties continue

MILWAUKEE — Andrew McCutchen has gone from pacing the circumference of his hotel room in Atlanta to pacing the clubhouse at American Family Field. This is progress. But he’s not ready to play just yet. 

McCutchen is expected to remain confined to the COVID-IL on Wednesday afternoon when the Brewers face left-handed Braves ace Max Fried in the finale of a three-game series. It’s a quick turnaround from a quiet night against another Atlanta lefty, Triple-A call-up Tucker Davidson, who pitched five scoreless innings while dueling with Adrian Houser in a 3-0 Brewers loss on Tuesday.

“I think [McCutchen] needs more baseball,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “With the off day [Thursday], it just gives us two more days to get him ready to go for the weekend.” 

McCutchen is 2-for-15 lifetime against Fried, but he’s the sort of right-handed bat the Brewers like to stack against lefties — so far without much success. After being shut out by Davidson and four relievers with right-handed hitting McCutchen and Willy Adames (ankle) sidelined, Milwaukee is 4-8 in games started by opposing left-handers compared to 19-6 against righties.

Those dozen opposing southpaws have combined for a 1.39 ERA. None has been charged with more than two earned runs and only two have been charged with more than one run. 

“Quite frankly,” McCutchen said a few hours before Houser and Davidson took the mound Tuesday, “I’m ready to go today. But that’s just…

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