Dansby Swanson May Have Just Been Dealing with Cramping After a Very Long Day (UPDATE: Expects to Play Friday)

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Dansby Swanson May Have Just Been Dealing with Cramping After a Very Long Day (UPDATE: Expects to Play Friday)

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UPDATE: I’m still an overly cautious sort, so I’ll feel better when he actually steps to the plate, but the news today on Dansby Swanson has been all good.

It really does sound like it was just cramping, and although he’s getting the day off today, Swanson expects to be back in the lineup Friday for the opener of the Dodgers series:

Swanson is not one to take days off – this is his first since late 2021 – but this is the smart thing to do. It’s a long season, and the Cubs need Swanson at his best.

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We’ll know even more when game time rolls around today, but for now, I wanted to give you the morning update in case you missed it last night: the Cubs might’ve dodged a bullet on Dansby Swanson.

After starting the night 4 for 4 at the plate, Swanson pulled himself before the start of the 6th inning. He threw a ball warming up for the inning, and then cut it off. The Cubs termed it lower left side tightness, and yes, we were worried.

Thankfully, though, the Cubs suspect it might’ve just been cramping due to a long day and a lack of fluids:

And from Swanson, himself, after a long day, trying to prevent something more serious:

First of all, I hope the surgery went well for Mallory Swanson, and her recovery and rehab goes as well as possible. I’m sure that’s a terrible and sad situation for her, for the two of them, for her teammates, and for all fans of the US Women’s National Soccer Team.

As for Dansby, obviously cramping would be a best case outcome. By a million miles. Even if he has to sit today, rest and recuperate with the off-day tomorrow, it would be wonderful if he was good to go for the start of the Dodgers series on Friday.

We’ll see if he is in the lineup today for the Mariners finale. I’m sure he’s going to want to be in there, and if he’s feeling good, who am I to say as an outsider that he shouldn’t be. But it’s a long, long season, and Swanson is so important for what the Cubs are trying to do this year. It would not bother me in the least if he takes today off.

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.