Injured Cubs Updates: Believing Yu, Status Quo on Bryant, Russell Playing Through Hand Injury

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Injured Cubs Updates: Believing Yu, Status Quo on Bryant, Russell Playing Through Hand Injury

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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was on his weekly 670 The Score spot with Bernstein & McKnight, getting into a range of topics. Among the most timely are the injury updates.

First, on Yu Darvish, who had an MRI on the elbow that once again shut him down in the middle of a rehab start on Sunday:

The results of the MRI aren’t in yet, but I think we all kinda know the score. Even if the MRI is clean – which would be the third clean MRI this year – what exactly are the Cubs supposed to do? If Darvish keeps feeling pain, then he keeps feeling pain. And if he’s not going to pitch through it (effectively!), then that’s that, and you hope the offseason changes things. I don’t mean to sound hostile, but I’ll admit that I am frustrated by the situation. Like the Cubs and Darvish, no doubt, I just wish there were more clarity. And since there isn’t, I’m frustrated.

In any case, the progress on Kris Bryant remains steady, but indefinite:

Perhaps tellingly, Maddon said that he expects Mike Montgomery (shoulder inflammation) to be the first of the injured Cubs to return. He’s eligible to come back in just a few days, but then again, we weren’t expecting to see any of Bryant, Brandon Morrow, or Darvish in that span anyway. Hopefully Montgomery will have missed just one start when this is all said and done. Tyler Chatwood cannot take another start for the Cubs.

And then there’s the injured Cub who keeps on playing:

As we tracked, Russell’s offensive production fell off of a cliff when he re-injured the knuckle on his left hand, and it hasn’t recovered in the months since. The Cubs and Russell are clearly making a decision that they’d rather have his defense in there – and no bat – than play Javy Baez regularly at shortstop and someone else at second base.

Being without Bryant makes that a closer call, but whenever Bryant returns, if Russell is still limited, the Cubs will strongly have to consider working more starts in at second base for Ben Zobrist and David Bote, with Russell hitting the bench, if not the disabled list.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.