Lost in the shuffle of the Chicago Cubs' come-from-behind victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night was that starting shortstop Dansby Swanson was removed from the game early due to a foot contusion.
With their victory on Wednesday night, the Cubs now have a chance to win the series against the Brewers on Thursday with a third-consecutive win. Entering the four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs were in a position where the team needed to win the series if they wanted to preserve their hope of being buyers ahead of the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline on August 1.
Cubs' manager David Ross provided an update on Swanson after the game and it would appear that Swanson will not be in the team's starting lineup on Thursday.
The latest on the injury to Chicago Cubs All-Star shortstop Dansby Swanson.
While it would seem that the Cubs will be able to avoid placing Swanson on the IL, it certainly will be a blow to not have the National League All-Star shortstop in the starting lineup for a game on Thursday that the team needs to win.
With Swanson likely out of the starting lineup on Thursday, expect starting second baseman Nico Hoerner to shift over and start in his place at the shortstop position. With Nick Madrigal on the IL with a hamstring injury, expect Christopher Morel to get the nod at second base on Thursday. Morel had been starting at third base in place of Madrigal and it would seem that Patrick Wisdom will get a look at the hot corner.
The Cubs have a road series against the New York Yankees this weekend before the All-Star break arrives next week. Hopefully, Swanson is able to return for the series as the Cubs are in need of stacking victories if they want to avoid a sell-off for a third consecutive season.