David Ross Shares Pair of Great Injury Updates on Nico Hoerner and Willson Contreras
The Chicago Cubs are approaching a dangerous place in the NL Central standings as they trail the first-place Milwaukee Brewers by 9.5 games. Despite entering the 2022 season with relatively modest expectations, it's still been a disappointment for Cubs nation.
Injuries and trade rumors have only heightened this precarious start, but there's hope on the horizon. Manager David Ross recently provided a pair of great injury updates around two of his most important players, Nico Hoerner and Willson Contreras.
Nico Hoerner Injury Update
Hoerner hasn't played since May 11 thanks to a freak collision with an umpire that resulted in an ankle injury. Ross said the team will take things slow with their young talent, but he's closing in on a return.
“He probably thought he was at 80-something percent (yesterday) on the bases. He’s progressed really fast, and our training staff has done a really nice job of getting that swelling out of there and getting to where he needs to be. Is he 100 percent yet? I don’t think so. But we’re getting closer to that every single day.”- David Ross
Willson Contreras Injury Update
Contreras' update is more recent, as the two-time All-Star catcher pulled himself out of Chicago's game on Saturday with a hamstring issue. Ross classified this situation as merely "day-to-day," and he "could return with just a day or two off."
It can't be understated the importance of Contreras' and Hoerner's bats in Chicago's starting nine. Contreras remains arguably the best hitting catcher in MLB, slashing .258/.382/.458 this season with 5 home runs and 7 doubles.
Hoerner was even off to a relatively slow start by his standards, but touts a .271/.293/.396 slash line and continues to play A+ defense at shortstop.
Chicago sits at just 16-24 on the year, though a healthier lineup shows promise to help the team turn things around. The Cubs currently own +4000 odds to win the NL Central on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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