first_imgANDREW MCCUTCHEN is having a better year than in MVP season last year. He leads Pirates in just about every major offensive category. (AP photo)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Andrew McCutchen’s fractured rib is healed. The reigning National League MVP is hoping his return will have the same effect on the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates activated the star center fielder off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. McCutchen will bat third as Pittsburgh tries to end a season-high six-game losing streak against Atlanta.McCutchen went on the disabled list last week, retroactive to Aug. 4, with fractured rib cartilage. The Pirates went 5-9 in McCutchen’s absence to fall slightly off the pace in the playoff race.“It’s pretty frustrating,” McCutchen said. “It’s like having your best friend out there during a race and you want to go out there and help him and you can’t. It’s kind of the same thing. Your teammates are out there grinding and we’re getting the short end of the stick the last few games.”McCutchen was batting .307 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs at the time of the injury. He insists he isn’t experiencing any lingering pain from the injury, which came after a seemingly routine sacrifice fly against Arizona on Aug. 3. He will wear extra padding for the time being as a precaution but doesn’t believe he will be limited in any way.“I’m going to play the way I’ve been playing,” he said.To make room for McCutchen on the 25-man roster, the Pirates sent utility infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A Indianapolis.Manager Clint Hurdle hopes the return of the franchise cornerstone will stabilize a lineup that’s been in flux for most of the month thanks to a string of injuries to regulars like McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker.“I think the presence is valuable,” Hurdle said. “The player is valuable but the value the presence does bring is something we would miss whenever he’s not in.”The injury came a day after McCutchen was drilled in the back by a 95 mph fastball Arizona reliever Randall Delgado, which happened to be one game after Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt broke his hand after getting hit by Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri.While there was no direct correlation between getting plunked and the ensuing rib issue, McCutchen said he was “a little upset” Delgado was not disciplined.“There’s a chance that someone could get hurt with the same injury that I got because there was nothing that was handled,” McCutchen said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if something like that would happen again.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe week of April 16, 2018, the City of Olympia will go live with new parking management software and new technology to support more convenient ways to pay for parking.A new online portal will allow residents to apply and pay for parking permits, including residential permits used by residents of certain Downtown neighborhoods. The online features will also allow account holders to manage the vehicles on their permits, pay parking citations and request a hearing to appeal a parking ticket, all from a computer or mobile device.Instead of hand-entering license plate information, City staff will use new License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to read license plate numbers and automatically check for permits, saving time and improving accuracy. Data collected from the plates will be purged each day, and kept only if associated with a parking ticket. LPR will also allow the City to collect parking space occupancy and parking duration data, which will be used to improve the parking system.The City will also begin phasing in a Pay-by-Phone system that will essentially turn every parking meter into a smart meter. Because new stickers must be installed, the system will be phased in, as installation of the stickers is weather dependent.  Once stickers are installed, customers can download the Pay-by-Phone app to a smartphone and pay for parking at any meter in the City. The app can send a text alert when a meter is about to expire and the driver can add time to the meter remotely via smartphone.For more information on City of Olympia Parking Services, visit us online at read more