Noticeably absent for nearly a full week now, you did not essentially want to listen to the MRI outcomes to know that Nico Hoerner’s triceps concern was one thing greater than completely nothing.
Unfortunately, although, the scan revealed that Hoerner is coping with a reliable pressure there – “gentle to average” – and it is not clear when he’ll be again.
“It’s a little worse off than we thought,” Cubs supervisor David Ross stated of the MRI outcomes, per NBC. “He’s feeling good, which is sweet. The MRI confirmed a little bit extra [to suggest] needing to be cautious. So we’re simply going to attempt to play it day after day. He’ll be out for a couple extra days.”
For now, there is not a publicly-stated plan to place Hoerner on the Injured List, which suggests, given the backdating, the Cubs should suppose there’s a good likelihood he could possibly be used inside the subsequent week. Ross advised NBC that Hoerner may hit and run proper now off the bench, however the Cubs do not essentially wish to danger additional damage if he is nonetheless feeling it.
More from Ross, by way of Cubs.com:
“He’s fairly disillusioned with the information and the data,” Ross stated. “I do not suppose he has something left to show to us this yr, however yeah, I’d positively say, the man likes to play baseball and we like these guys on the market as a lot as doable. And he is a large a part of what we’re doing right here. He units the instance, will get higher each single day, works exhausting. Having him having the ability to [play at] full power is essential for us.”
So why not simply IL Hoerner? Well, once more, if he could be able to go in a day or two or 5, then an IL transfer would maintain him out longer than crucial. Moreover, if there’s not somebody able to go instantly to take his roster spot, it is type of a “what is the level” state of affairs.
I’m certain there’s additionally a little little bit of pondering that you do not wish to put Hoerner on the Injured List except you actually should, as a result of that is been one of many large digs at him the previous few years: his capacity to remain wholesome and on the sphere. I’m certain Hoerner would not need one other IL stint on his resume, and I may see the Cubs – in the event that they weren’t stretching to seek out a roster spot for another person in the intervening time – making an attempt to keep away from it. Hopefully Hoerner can come again earlier than the top of the season, play some extra high quality shortstop, and all is hunky dory heading into the offseason.
Even if, for no matter cause, a prescription of extra relaxation is ordered by way of the top of the season, I do not understand how a lot that will change something for Hoerner and the Cubs.
There’s nothing left for Nico Hoerner to show this season about his capacity to play shortstop, if that is the place the Cubs line him up subsequent season. He was superb on the job this yr, and confirmed loads of arm power – when wholesome – to deal with the place. Obviously, if the Cubs add an affect shortstop in free company, we already know that Hoerner could be distinctive defensively at second base, too. Any center infield possibility goes to be in play no matter how this season ends (except, I assume, the arm concern developed into one thing catastrophic).
In the meantime, we’ll maintain seeing extra of Christopher Morel at shortstop, the place he has seemed actually good defensively: