The Chicago Cubs’ injury issues thus far haven’t been too terribly bad, though losing both Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella at the same time – even if only partially, and for a short while – has been a bit of a bummer.
On the pitching side, the Cubs have four guys on the disabled list:
- Tsuyoshi Wada (groin) has been rehabbing/building up arm strength in Arizona. He’s up into the 70s in pitches, and the Tribune reports that he could begin a minor league rehab stint this week. What the plan will be for him thereafter remains to be seen. Rehab stints can last up to 30 days for pitchers (technically, it can be extended from there), so the Cubs will have a little more than a month to decide whether Wada will slot into the bullpen, will figure into the rotation (maybe an injury pops up?), or will be traded.
- Dallas Beeler (shoulder inflammation) could also head to the minors soon, according to the Tribune. Hopefully he can build his way back up and into the AAA Iowa rotation before too long. Statistically speaking, Beeler – or someone like him – will be needed for a start or two in the big leagues at some point this year.
- Justin Grimm (forearm inflammation) is not yet throwing, according to Cubs.com. Any guesses on how long he’ll be out remain only that.
- I have no update on Jacob Turner (elbow bone bruise and flexor strain), whose recovery plan started with taking a month off from throwing – and that was about one month ago. So it’s possible he’ll start throwing soon, building up arm strength, and see a minor league rehab assignment in the coming weeks.