On May 26, Seiya Suzuki slid into second base. It didn’t go well.
After shaking his finger, trying to stay in the game, and then resting a little, and then trying to swing the bat through the discomfort, finally Suzuki and the Cubs determined a longer rest period was going to be necessary for the inflammation and discomfort to subside.
That period turned out to be about a month.
But after some live BP this weekend, and being evaluated by Cubs staff in Chicago this week, Seiya Suzuki is finally going to be playing baseball again tomorrow for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs:
The I-Cubs are at home this week, so I expect the fans there are pretty excited they’ll get a chance to see Seiya Suzuki playing for the team.
I think we can take a guess that if Suzuki is in the lineup tomorrow for Iowa, he’ll probably take a couple at bats and then chill the rest of the game. They’ll see how he feels after – he might even get Friday off – and then he’ll play more complete games this weekend. The first part is about making sure the finger really is good to go. The second part is about making sure his timing against live pitching is where it needs to be before he returns to the big leagues, which looks plausible next week.