It's the day before the Pirates' first playoff game in 21 years. What could possibly go wrong? How about National League MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen getting hurt during today's batting practice? Yeah, that would pretty much be the worst. And, yeah, that almost happened:

Drilled in the face by a line drive. Oh, dear. As Pittsburgh held its collective breath, McCutchen took questions from reporters. He said he was shagging flies when a teammate caught his attention just before the ball smacked him in the face. But would he be OK? Cutch took to his Twitter machine to answer that one:

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