Nico Hoerner left last night’s game grabbing his side after a strikeout and today, he’s hitting the injured list with a right oblique strain.
• Nico Hoerner to 10-day IL with right oblique strain
• Sergio Alcántara recalled from Iowa
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 29, 2021
The Cubs were able to cover today’s game without this move being necessary – Javy Baez (heel) is back in the starting lineup at short and David Bote is at second – but I’m still not surprised to see Hoerner hit the IL. With Sergio Alcantara sitting right there in Iowa, plus the possibility that the Cubs infield could be losing … eh hem … a couple more guys before tomorrow, this move just makes sense.
Also, there’s really no need to do anything but take it very slowly and carefully with Hoerner, who figures to be a key piece for the Cubs beyond this season. That is not to say this isn’t a serious injury, but frankly, my heart just can’t handle it being a serious injury right now. So, you know, let this just be precautionary. Please? Pretty please?