Chicago Cubs

Cubs to Call Up Top Prospect Nico Hoerner, Reports Say

In 75 games this season, Hoerner has three home runs and 22 RBI's

With their shortstop depth ravaged by injuries, the Chicago Cubs will reportedly call up top prospect Nico Hoerner. 

Hoerner, the team's first round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, has appeared in 75 minor league games this season, hitting three home runs and driving in 22 runs with the Cubs' Double-A team in Tennessee. 

His call-up was first reported by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune and later by MLB Network's Jon Heyman. 

Hoerner's call-up is a much-needed boost to the Cubs, as their lineup has been hammered with injuries in recent days. Javier Báez has been out since Sept. 1 with a hairline fracture in his thumb, and he could potentially miss the remainder of the season with the injury. 

On Sunday, Addison Russell was hit in the face by a pitch, and is currently being examined for concussion symptoms. 

The injuries leave the Cubs woefully thin at shortstop, with David Bote, Ian Happ, and Tony Kemp all potential options. None of them have extensive experience at the position, leaving Hoerner as the likely recipient of plenty of playing time when he joins the team. 

The Cubs will play the San Diego Padres on Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 9:10 p.m. 

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