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Cubs Injury Updates: Rondon, Uehara, Arrieta, Russell

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Earlier today, we checked in on the comeback campaigns of injured Cubs Addison Russell and Jake Arrieta – learning that while both seem close to making their returns, not many details of either’s plan had yet found the public.


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Since then, there’s a bit more to share on those two, as well as a bit more on the statuses of Hector Rondon and Koji Uehara. So let’s catch back up on all four players, bullet-style.

  • As of this morning, there was a chance Addison Russell was going to be activated before today’s game against the Cardinals. That obviously didn’t happen, but tomorrow’s another day:

  • But before you go penciling him into the lineup tomorrow, note that President Theo Epstein added, “I don’t want to get ahead of tomorrow’s workout.” While Manager Joe Maddon said, “He is pretty close. He’ll get another workout in [Saturday] and we’ll make a determination.” So while Russell may be itching to get back in there this weekend, it sounds like the Cubs will wait until after tomorrow to make a determination.
  • For me, given 1) the off-day on Monday, 2) how he re-injured his foot last time around, 3) how many games are left this season, and 4) how well Ben Zobrist and Javy Baez have been playing up the middle/at the plate, I’d just wait until the Cubs hit the road on Tuesday. He’d only miss two more games, but could get three days of rest. We’ll see what the Cubs decide, and how Russell feels tomorrow

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  • And one more thing, in case you forgot: the Cubs will likely take the same approach with Russell as they did with Willson Contreras (i.e. get him a start, but only let him play 5-6 innings before being subbed out (or ejected, as the case may be)).
  • On Jake Arrieta, who threw 25 pitches in a (non?)bullpen session yesterday, Saturday is the big day. According to Jesse Rogers, that’s when Arrieta will make his first legit bullpen session since going down with a hamstring injury against the Pirates on September 4. From there, the Cubs will reevaluate and make a plan for this coming week.
  • Mark Gonzales suggests that the best case for Arrieta is to return in Milwaukee next weekend, but Epstein may have left the door open for something slightly sooner:

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  • I’ll point out that later, Muskat echoed Gonzales’ Brewers’ prediction here at Cubs.com.
  • Have you noticed Hector Rondon’s absence? He hasn’t appeared in a game since striking out two of three in his scoreless September 8th outing against the Brewers. According to Sahadev Sharma, that’s because Rondon is dealing with some elbow inflammation and remains day-to-day. “There’s nothing structurally wrong with him,” Maddon said of Rondon at Cubs.com. “We just need to give him a break now.”
  • Given the expanded September rosters, the Cubs haven’t had/don’t have any reason to put Rondon on the disabled list, which makes guessing how long he’ll be unavailable a bit more challenging. But this news does help further explain why Jen-Ho Tseng took Montgomery’s spot in the rotation yesterday.

  • Uehara, you’ll remember, is still bothered by an infection in his right knee. He’s been out since September 2, but threw a simulated game on Wednesday. According to Carrie Muskat, it’s not yet clear when he’ll return.

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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.