Ahead of Wednesday's series finale with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Chicago Cubs announced a number of injury updates. Most of the players mentioned participated in batting practice work on Tuesday.
As indicated by Taylor McGregor, Daniel Norris, Nick Madrigal, and Frank Schwindel are all expected to begin rehab stints with Triple-A Iowa this week. All three players are expected to return to the big league roster at some point. However, doing so will create quite the long jam. Currently, players such as Alfonso Rivas, Christopher Morel, and others have stepped up, potentially taking time away from the likes of Schwindel and Madrigal.
It'll be interesting to see what roster moves are made when they return. For now, they're taking another step in their recovery.
Bullpens for Big Guns
With the injury to Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs' starting rotation is bare bones. However, reinforcements appear to be close. Marcus Stroman and Drew Smyly's rehab stints are over and both will throw bullpens before being activated.
Ideally, both pitchers have successful bullpens and are added back to the rotation. After Adrian Sampson's start on Wednesday, the Cubs plan on sending Mark Leiter Jr. and Keegan Thompson out on Thursday and Friday, respectively. After that, there is less certainty.
In a perfect world, Stroman and Smyly are activated to make starts in games three and four in Los Angeles. The Cubs venture to the west coast for four games with the Dodgers.
Certainly more information will be released in the coming days. For now, optimism points to the Cubs' pitching rotation being healthier soon.
What's On Tap Next?
As indicated, the Cubs and Brewers finish their three-game set on Wednesday. Afterwards, the Cubs venture to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers for four games over the weekend. The Cubs have a well-needed off day on Monday, July 11 after their series in Hollywood.