Nico Hoerner watched the ball rocket down the third-base line, ricochet off the wall and carom into left space with one thought on his ideas.
As Hoerner went from first to third base throughout the bottom of the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs’ 3-1 loss Monday to the St. Louis Cardinals, he felt a grabbing sensation in his left hamstring midway spherical second, forcing him to tug up into third. He immediately exited the game nevertheless acquired encouraging data Tuesday.
An MRI on Tuesday morning confirmed a mild strain. He stays on a regular basis, though it wouldn’t be a shock if Hoerner will get a second consecutive break day Wednesday sooner than Thursday’s break day for the crew ahead of a nine-game journey.
If his hamstring doesn’t reply as a result of the Cubs hope by Thursday, they could put him on the injured itemizing and backdate the stint to Tuesday.
“Clearly my legs are a part of my recreation on either side of the ball, and well being there may be necessary,” Hoerner acknowledged. “I wasn’t carrying any nagging factors going into that sport. We’ve had an prolonged stretch of having fun with in a row and an prolonged sport on Sunday, nevertheless I recovered properly, feeling good.
“So I can’t management every part, sadly, on this recreation, and issues are going to indicate up typically.”
The Cubs’ second base depth with Nick Madrigal and Christopher Morel lessens any stress Hoerner feels for a quick return to the lineup. Madrigal batted leadoff as an alternative of Hoerner and carried out third base Tuesday versus the Cardinals whereas Morel started at second.
Hoerner knew it was the proper switch to return out of the game and by no means try and play by it. He missed six weeks in 2021 on account of a left hamstring strain.
“I don’t suppose anyone had critical pink flags yesterday and was enthusiastic about that, however confirming that this morning was good,” supervisor David Ross acknowledged Tuesday. “That is one thing that we really feel like is just not an IL factor, he can take care of and handle.”
Hoerner sounded additional irritated that his hamstring problem value him a possibility to current the Cubs the lead on the sequence than on the ailment itself.
“I used to be pissed off to not rating on the play — I used to be anticipating to,” he acknowledged. “I felt a particular tightness between second and third that undoubtedly made me discover I was not going to realize on the play and pulled up into third.
“I’ve had accidents earlier than and it didn’t really feel like, ‘Oh, wow, I’m injured,’ sort of factor. Clearly any discomfort that you just really feel on the sphere isn’t the perfect, however I’m actually proud of how we’ve handled it thus far and the way I’m recovering.”