Before the Chicago Cubs were blown out in the Bronx by the New York Yankess, the team provided an injury update on one of their prized offseason acquisitions. Per the team, Seiya Suzuki's finger injury is taking longer than expected to heal.
Suzuki was injured back on May 26 against the Reds. He slid awkwardly into second base and sprained a finger on his left hand. Originally, it appeared that the injury wasn't too serious. However, lingering hand and wrist injuries are nasty, and this one is giving the Japanese slugger trouble.
Although Suzuki is taking longer than expected, it appears the team is ok with letting him take his time. Jed Hoyer shared his thoughts on the subject.
“It’s going to take a while, and candidly I’m OK with that... This year is really important for him to assimilate and face big-league pitching and figure out what he needs to do going forward in his career. And coming back and having this nagging injury and not be able to do it well doesn’t make a lot of sense."
- Cubs' GM Jed Hoyer on Suzuki's Injury
Hoyer acknowledged the nagging nature of these type of injuries. With the Cubs sitting 8.5 games out of the NL Central lead as of June 11, there is no sense in rushing Suzuki and making the injury worse. Prior to the finger sprain, Suzuki is slashing .245/.344/.432 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 41 games. After a red-hot start that earned Suzuki NL Rookie of the Month for April, the month of May wasn't as kind. It appears the league caught up with Suzuki. However, once healthy, it will be Suzuki's turn to re-adjust.
Who knows when the Cubs and their fans will see Suzuki back. However, not rushing an injury such as this is the right move with the long term in mind.