Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is sitting out Pittsburgh's three-game series with Atlanta because of a slump, Manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday.
McCutchen, the 2013 National League most valuable player, said he's OK with the decision even if he doesn't agree with it.
"I have to first address myself before I can think about addressing anything else," McCutchen told the Associated Press. "I know if I was going out and playing the best ball that I know I can play that I wouldn't be in this position. They wouldn't be in the position of having to make those decisions, either."
McCutchen, a five-time All-Star, is batting .241 and is on pace for a career high in strikeouts.
Chicago Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel was put on the bereavement list.
Houston put right-hander Lance McCullers on the disabled list because of an elbow sprain.
Boston first baseman Hanley Ramirez is expected to sit out a few days because of sprained wrist.
Philadelphia put right-hander Aaron Nola on the DL because of a strained elbow.