Cubs Injury Updates: Happ, Miley, Mills, Simmons

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Cubs Injury Updates: Happ, Miley, Mills, Simmons

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Nothing major to update on the injury front – good or bad – but a few bit to touch on …

Ian Happ said he was available if needed yesterday after taking a pitch off of his kneecap (X-rays negative), but David Ross wanted to take it easy given the off-day today, which would give Happ at least two consecutive days off ( “He’s doing all right. He says he feels good. Said he’s available, but I think just as I’m making out the lineup and stuff last night, assuming there’s some soreness, assuming that two days off wouldn’t hurt anybody right now – none of these guys have been on their feet nine innings before the start of the season – so it just makes a lot of sense.”

Happ is currently expected to be available as normal for the series in Pittsburgh starting tomorrow.

Wade Miley (left elbow inflammation) has begun playing light catch out in Arizona after a period of being completely shut down. If he checks the “successfully plays catch” box this week, you could theoretically see him doing some mound work next week. From there, it’s a ramp-up process to game readiness, which might involve a short rehab stint. I still don’t expect him to be with the big league team before May, so you’re just rooting for no setbacks.

Alec Mills (lower back strain) was placed on the IL to open the season in a bit of a surprise, though it’s been dubbed a bit of extra caution. He threw a simulated game in Arizona yesterday, and he’ll be eligible to come off the IL in Colorado later this week if the Cubs want/he’s ready. When he does come off the IL, I think it’s gonna be a role TBD situation, but it’s possible the Cubs are angling for him to take one of those starts against the Rockies.

⇒ No update right now on shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has been slowed by a sore shoulder. He is eligible to come off the IL later this week, but I’m not sure if that will happen, or if he’ll first get some at bats on a brief minor league rehab stint.

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