Sunday, May 22, 2022

Nico Horner and Seiya Suzuki live with day-to-day ankle injuries and drop out of Chicago Cubs lineup

The Chicago Cubs’ mid-field depth-of-field is being tested.

Nico Horner has been battling day by day pain in his right ankle after he was ruled out of Wednesday’s win in San Diego after a collision with second base umpire Dan Isogna in the second innings. Horner is still being evaluated after initial imaging on Wednesday did not show a fracture.

Seiya Suzuki’s condition also persists day by day due to pain in the right ankle. The right fielder got pinched in the ninth inning on Tuesday but did not play on Wednesday. Suzuki did batting practice on Friday. After Thursday’s day off, neither Horner nor Suzuki were in the lineup for Friday’s series opener at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Manager David Ross indicated that he was available from the bench, although Horner’s ankle investigation is ongoing, he will likely not be the first option.

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Horner’s absence reduces the Cubs’ mid-infield options. Nick Madrigal joined the injured list on Tuesday with a lower back strain. Meanwhile, shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not yet ready to join the team from his rehab work. He will play nine innings at Triple-A Iowa on Friday and Saturday.

Ildemiro Vargas, who struggled defensively in place of Horner midgame on Wednesday, started at shortstop on Friday, with Jonathan Villar at second base.

“I know every day he feels a little better and trying to listen to his body and we get really good feedback reports,” Ross said of Simmons. “The main thing is it’s getting better every day. He’s a big league player who’s been doing this for a long time. He’ll know when he’s ready and he knows where we are. We’ll see how things go today.” work and then leave from there.”

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Justin Steele’s left thumb felt fine when he threw a bullpen on Friday, including his slider grip, which gave him problems to get him out of pain on his last start. The Cubs will see how he feels on Saturday. Sunday’s starter versus the Diamondbacks has not been determined, but Ross expects it to be Steele or Wade Miley.

Right-hander Alec Mills (right quadriceps tightness) is about to throw a bullpen on Saturday, while infielder David Boate (left shoulder surgery) is batting in extended spring training at the team’s campus in Mesa, Ariz.

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