Chicago Cubs News: Codi Heuer suffers setback, NL All-Star voting, and more
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Codi Heuer appears to have suffered a setback in relief appearance with Iowa Cubs.
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Codi Heuer has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery and that would be the reason why the Cubs have had Heuer on an extended minor-league rehab assignment with the Iowa Cubs.
It would appear that Heuer may have suffered a setback as the reliever was in clear discomfort after a pitch on Tuesday night.
The Cubs will likely provide an update on Heuer on Wednesday but the news might not be encouraging after seeing the reliever's reaction on Tuesday. A large part of the reason why the Cubs had Heuer on an extended minor-league rehab assignment was due to the control issues that he was experiencing. In 15 appearances with the Iowa Cubs this season, Heuer had a walk percentage of 17.5%.
The silver lining for the Cubs, at the Major League level, is that their bullpen has settled, Michael Fulmer has not allowed an earned run since the end of May and has found stability in the middle-relief role while Adbert Alzolay has emerged as the team's closer.
The Chicago Cubs are struggling in NL All-Star voting
In the latest update to voting for Major League Baseball's All-Star game in July, the Chicago Cubs are struggling to get recognition.
The biggest snub is Dansby Swanson at shortstop. Swanson is currently projected to finish the season with 5-fWAR and with his mark currently at 2.7, he has been graded as the best shortstop in the National League.
Nico Hoerner certainly should, at least, be in the Top-10 in voting but his offensive struggles during the month of May likely have played a factor in the lack of All-Star support.
Marcus Stroman reaches a Chicago Cubs' milestone
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman recorded his 14th quality start of the season during the team's 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night and Stroman joined some elite names in Cubs' pitching history.