Chicago Cubs Injury Update: The latest on Seiya Suzuki and Kyle Hendricks
Chicago Cubs starting right fielder Seiya Suzuki appears to be on the cusp being activated from the injured-list as Cubs manager David Ross told reporters on Tuesday that Suzuki would likely join the team on their West Coast trip. The Cubs play the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend in Los Angeles before heading to play the Oakland Athletics in Oakland next week.
Cubs' president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer addressed reporters on Tuesday and appeared to indicate that the team will make a decision after Suzuki's game with the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday.
Hoyer also was on the Marquee broadcast of the Cubs game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday and did not rule out the idea of Suzuki being in the team's lineup against the Dodgers.
Hoyer also had an update on starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks as the veteran is set to throw a two-inning batting practice session on Wednesday, Hoyer gave the indication that Hendricks may be nearing the start of his minor-league rehab assignment.
Being that Hendricks has not pitched in a game since last July, it seems likely that it will be an extended assignment for the starting pitcher. The expectation has always been that Hendricks would not be ready to join the Major League team until mid-May and that appears to still be the path that he is on.
It remains uncertain what role Hendricks will have when he does return to the Major League team. Hayden Wesneski has struggled in his first two starts of the season and one scenario may see him return to Triple-A once Hendricks is ready, If Wesneski turn his struggles around, a six-man rotation shouldn't be ruled out either considering the innings limit there may be on Wesneski in his first full season at the Major League level.