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Cubs: Hoerner to IL, Simmons Activated on Sunday

The Cubs placed SS Nico Hoerner on the 10-day IL and subsequently activated SS Andrelton Simmons on Sunday.

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Photos: AP Photo-Ross D. Franklin/Matt Dirksen-Getty Images

The Chicago Cubs close out their three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. The two teams split the first two games on Friday and Saturday, setting up a rubber match to determine a series winner. A win for the Cubs means a 4-2 West Coast road trip for a team that has struggled for most of the last three weeks.

However, before first pitch on Sunday, the Cubs and their reporters received an update about bright spot Nico Hoerner. The shortstop is heading to the 10-day IL, retroactive to May 12, due to colliding with an umpire while out in San Diego.

As noted by Taylor McGregor, shortstop Andrelton Simmons was activated as a result of the Hoerner move. Simmons may not be the greatest bat, but his glove presence at shortstop will be important for the Cubs while Hoerner is on the shelf. So far, Ildemaro Vargas has done a nice job filling in for the injured Hoerner, but having Simmons back is certainly welcomed reinforcements.

Prior to the injury, Hoerner is slashing .271/.293/.396 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season. Although the offensive numbers don’t pop off the page, Hoerner has been a defensive highlight at shortstop for the Cubs in 2022. With the team’s recent struggles, he is very much a bright spot on the 2022 roster.

As for Simmons, he has yet to play this season. He played full games at Triple-A Iowa over the weekend, so it appears he is ready for game action. Simmons is not in the lineup on Sunday, but there is a chance he makes it in during the upcoming Pirates series starting on Monday.

What’s On Tap Next?

As mentioned, the Cubs conclude their series with the Diamondbacks on Sunday. With Justin Steele on the bump, the Cubs look for their second straight series win after taking the series against the Padres. Following Sunday’s game, the Cubs return home for a seven-game home stand. Three games against the Pirates and four games again against the Diamondbacks lay out the schedule for the week.

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