The injuries continue to mount for the Chicago Cubs.
Starting pitcher Trevor Williams underwent an appendectomy Sunday morning and is out indefinitely.
Williams was scheduled to start the Cubs’ series opener against the San Diego Padres on Monday, and Chicago’s starter is now listed as to-be-determined.
In his last outing, Williams threw six innings of one-run ball on three hits Wednesday in the Cubs’ 4-1 win against the Pirates.
The Cubs have 13 players injured, with seven on the 10-day injury list, including pitchers Trevor Megill, Alec Mills and Justin Steele.
Mills and Triple-A Iowa’s Kohl Stewart (3.68 ERA in four starts) could be options to replace Williams. Stewart, who is on the same schedule as Williams, is already on the 40-man roster.
Keegan Thompson could also be an option, but it’s more likely the rookie will remain in the bullpen for the Cubs.
The Cubs (29-23) had their season-long winning streak end at six games with a 5-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Padres (34-20) lost 7-4 to the Houston Astros on Sunday, and have Chris Paddack slated to start Monday.
The Cubs received good news Sunday when infielder David Bote’s MRI revealed no tears or structural damage on his disclosed left shoulder.
Bote sustained the injury sliding to break up a double play in Chicago’s 10-2 win against the Reds on Saturday.
Chicago placed Bote on the 10-day injury list Sunday, and selected the contract of infielder Sergio Alcántara from Triple-A to replace Bote on the active roster. Alcántara popped out to second base in the sixth inning in his lone at-bat Sunday.
In a corresponding move, the Cubs designated right-handed pitcher Tyson Miller for assignment.