Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen chuckled Saturday at the thought he might miss the Pirates game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday with a sprained left wrist. But manager Clint Hurdle had the final word.

McCutchen did not play Sunday in the Pirates' 5-4 loss against the Cardinals, one day after he landed awkwardly on his glove while making a diving catch.

Hurdle said he did not talk to McCutchen until after he posted the lineup, allowing the center fielder no time to plea for a start. It was the fourth game McCutchen has not started this season. He missed three games in May, including one in St. Louis, while dealing with a stomach illness.

He received treatment on the wrist early Sunday afternoon but said he was OK.