Cubs News: Maddon provides injury updates on Baez, Bryant, Darvish
|Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 8:19 PM- -|
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs just cannot seem to shake the injury bug. On the same day that Cubs catcher Willson Contreras returned from a month-long layoff tied to a strained hamstring, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was scratched from the lineup due to an aggravation of a recurring knee issue that has persisted since the All-Star break.
In addition to Bryant not playing in Tuesday's contest at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Seattle Mariners, Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of a jammed thumb that resulted from a headfirst slide on Sunday. Furthermore, Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish is battling forearm tightness and working to be able to make his next scheduled start on Saturday.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon discussed the injuries to the trio of notable Cubs and did not seem too concerned about any of them. Maddon stopped short of guaranteeing that Baez or Bryant would be able to take part in the Cubs' game on Thursday, which will follow a Wednesday off day, he did say that Darvish, who was seen playing catch in the Wrigley Field outfield on Tuesday, is still on track to pitch on Saturday after being scratched from his previous scheduled start.
Not perfect news all around re Cubs injuries. Maddon couldn't say for sure Baez and Bryant would play Thurs though he doesn't seem too concerned. Said the 'plan' is still for Darvish to make his next start on Saturday: "Until I hear differently that's the way its going to play."— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) September 3, 2019
Darvish playing catch pic.twitter.com/I5sYj1WJvj— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) September 3, 2019