The Chicago Cubs have seen their Central Division lead shrink to just a game and a half over the Milwaukee Brewers, and injury issues certainly aren’t helping.
The Cubs’ lineup Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks is missing not one but two star players, as third baseman Kris Bryant and All-Star second baseman Javier Baez will both miss the game with injuries.
Bryant is dealing with a flare-up of shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list earlier this season, and Baez is dealing with a knee issue he suffered after Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza slid into him at second base during Tuesday night’s game at Wrigley Field.
Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey also revealed injury updates about a couple of key hurlers on Wednesday morning during an interview with “The Mully and Hanley Show.”
In that interview, Hickey said that he expects starting pitcher Yu Darvish to throw at least two more bullpen sessions before he can begin a rehab assignment, as he works his way back from a triceps issue that has had him out of the rotation since June.
Hickey also said that closer Brandon Morrow is still experiencing pain in his right biceps, and that fans shouldn’t expect the hurler to return from the disabled list when he’s eligible to be activated this week.
All of this news comes as the Cubs see possible trade options fly off the market. Baltimore Orioles reliever Zach Britton was traded to the New York Yankees on Tuesday, and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was traded to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
The MLB Trade Deadline is July 31.