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Cubs: Nico Hoerner to Start Rehab Assignment with South Bend

The 24-year-old infielder is set to play at South Bend Sunday then join the Triple-A affiliate for a seven-game homestand in Iowa.
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Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner will start his rehab assignment Sunday, the Cubs' Single-A affiliate announced Saturday.

South Bend hosts the Quad Cities River Bandits (Kansas City Royals) at 1:05 PM Central time at Four Winds Field.

Hoerner has been out for three weeks with a right oblique strain. The Cubs intend to move him up to Iowa when their Triple-A affiliate returns for a seven-game homestand all against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals).

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Hoerner, the Cubs' first-round selection (No. 24 overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft, platooned at second base during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. David Bote won the starting job out of Spring Training, but Hoerner quickly returned to the major-league club early in the season.

Hoerner has slashed .313/.388/.388 with no home runs and three stolen bases in 39 games this season. He's seen limited playing time in part because he's landed on the injured list three times this season. In early May, he collided with Ian Happ then upon his return strained his left hamstring while running to first base.