When it rains, it pours. The good news? The Chicago Cubs went 5-1 on their recent home stand, which included a sweep of the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers and an almost-sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend.
The bad news? Injuries, particularly in the outfield, are piling up in a hurry – leaving the team in a less-than-enviable position heading into this week’s matchups with the Indians and Tigers. We can always hope that off-days on Monday and Thursday are enough to avoid IL stints for those impacted, but that’s far from a sure thing.
On Sunday, Jake Marisnick – who has been something of a surprise at the dish this season – left the game with a right hamstring strain. He’s battled hamstring issues in the past and injuries to both legs cost him all but 16 games last year. This is definitely a big one to watch early in the week.
Fellow outfielder Jason Heyward also departed Sunday’s finale at Wrigley Field due to a hand issue. We don’t know how long this has been bothering the veteran, but it’s worth consideration that he’s been dealing with it for a bit given his struggles early this year at the dish.
That duo joins a quickly-growing list of sidelined Cubs outfielders, which already features Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ. Hopefully, at least one of these guys is up for getting back on the field this week, but if that’s not the case, we could see some serious roster shuffling.