There's a CHANCE Seiya Suzuki Could Be Back Sooner Than Expected

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There’s a CHANCE Seiya Suzuki Could Be Back Sooner Than Expected

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When it was reported that Seiya Suzuki had advanced to full batting practice in the cage, it became really hard not to start imagining optimistic timelines. We knew the oblique strain would keep him out a long time, and they are a notoriously finicky injury. Getting hopeful was a dangerous game.

… but if he’s taking batting practice in the cage already, then you could start to think about live BP as soon as this weekend. And if he takes live BP as soon as this weekend, then you could start to think about game action in the early part of extended Spring Training. And if … and if … and if …

I’m just glad Sahadev Sharma said it tonight so that I didn’t have to say it alone:

With that progression, optimism has grown regarding Suzuki’s return. While it was once thought that a good outcome would be late April, a source suggested that the middle of April is pretty realistic, with a minimal, backdated IL stint to start the season.

The Cubs are absolutely not rushing this thing. They know how easy it is to re-injure an oblique, or how tentative a guy can be up there if he’s at all concerned he’s not fully over the thing. I just don’t believe there’s any chance they would set Suzuki on a course to return this quickly if it wasn’t crystal clear that he was OK.

So this is awesome news. If Seiya misses only the first couple weeks of the season? That would be an incredible outcome, all things considered. The hope is that the missed Spring Training won’t have hurt his ramp-up, though, and that part will take a lot longer to sort out, statistically speaking.

But just getting him fully healthy and back on the field is all we’re looking for, and I was going to be perfectly content with the end of April. So if it’s much sooner than that? I’m smiling BIG right now.

Much more from Sharma on Suzuki in his report tonight.

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.