Cubs supervisor David Ross says Duffy, Bote, Hoerner “doing properly” as they get better from accidents


The Cubs’ infield has been hit laborious by accidents, however the workforce seems to be on the highway to raised well being.

Earlier than the sport Saturday in opposition to the Cardinals, supervisor David Ross gave optimistic updates on Matt Duffy (strained decrease again), David Bote (dislocated left shoulder) and Nico Hoerner (strained left hamstring) however didn’t provide any timelines for his or her returns. Duffy, Ross mentioned, is main the group and could possibly be near a rehab project. Bote has taken gentle two-handed swings within the batting cage. And Hoerner is continuous to work and achieve power.

“Everyone’s doing properly,” Ross mentioned.

What occurs when everyone comes again is one other query. The Cubs have gotten by as gamers resembling Patrick Knowledge have stepped up.

Find out how to play everyone, although, is the definition of downside to have.

“Depth is extraordinarily essential,” Ross mentioned. “The extra good gamers you’ve gotten, the higher.”

Knowledge, who was not within the beginning lineup, entered Saturday with eight house runs in 48 at-bats.

Full home

On Saturday, the Cubs have been ready to make use of Wrigley Discipline’s full capability for the second time. Joc Pederson appreciated Friday’s expertise of enjoying in entrance of a full stadium of Cubs followers for the primary time this 12 months.

“It’s fairly particular,” Pederson mentioned. “It’s been a very long time, ready to play in entrance of Wrigley’s full capability. It was one to recollect, for positive. That [Anthony] Rizzo at-bat was one of many higher at-bats I’ve seen reside in particular person. That was a very cool second.”

It seems like Pederson is making a reference to the followers in left area.

“Left area, they’re fairly rowdy on the market, so it’s enjoyable,” Pederson mentioned. “It’s group on the market, and [I’m] simply having fun with my time.”

Roster strikes

The Cubs recalled right-hander Trevor Megill from Triple-A Iowa and optioned fellow righty Kohl Stewart to Iowa.

Megill, who was placed on the 10-day injured listing April 30 with a strained proper forearm, made his third look for the Cubs this season Saturday, loading the bases earlier than Craig Kimbrel earned the save. In 5 video games at Iowa, Megill has a 9.00 ERA.

Stewart is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in three begins with the Cubs this 12 months.

Steele replace

Ross mentioned reliever Justin Steele (strained proper hamstring) is strengthening his hamstring and could have a bullpen session within the subsequent day or two.

“Every part appears to be on the up and up and shifting in the proper path,” Ross mentioned.

This and that

For the primary time since April 20, Kris Bryant began at third base. Greater than ever, Bryant’s versatility has been a useful instrument for the Cubs. Aside from third, he has began eight video games at first base, 12 in left area, eight in heart and 15 in proper.

Zach Davies will begin Sunday in opposition to Carlos Martinez. The Cubs had not formally introduced their starter till about three hours earlier than the sport Saturday.

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