CLEARWATER, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen can speak firsthand about modern medical advancements.
He tore his ACL last year — and it wasn’t the first time.
“I had an ACL injury when I was in high school, so to kind of compare the two, as far as the process goes and the rehab, it’s a lot quicker,” the Philadelphia outfielder said Monday. “You’re doing things a lot faster maybe than you did 16, 17 years ago. At the same time, I’m not 16 and rehabbing. I’m 33 now.”
McCutchen played only 59 games last year before going down with a torn ACL in early June. The Phillies finished 81-81, a disappointment in their first season after signing Bryce Harper. Philadelphia replaced manager Gabe Kapler with Joe Girardi and added Zack Wheeler to its rotation. If he can stay healthy, McCutchen could give the team a lift as well.
The Phillies held their first workout with the full squad Monday. McCutchen said he plans to be ready for opening day.
“I’m doing everything. I don’t have any limitations. It’s just about going out there and doing everything at 100%,” he said. “Some things I’m doing pretty good, some things I’m still working on.”
Girardi said McCutchen isn’t where he was at this time last year,…