Injury News on Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal Gives Cubs Fans Mixed Feelings
The Chicago Cubs are set to miss the MLB playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since the 2013 and 2014 seasons. As the Cubs look to give their fans reasons to cheer down the stretch, the latest injury news on Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal is sure to give the fanbase some mixed feelings.
Patrick Wisdom Injury Update
The Cubs announced on Saturday that they have activated infielder Patrick Wisdom from the 10-day injured list. The 31-year-old had been out of the lineup since the end of August with a finger sprain but made serious progress this week by participating in batting practice on Thursday.
After finishing fourth in the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year voting, Wisdom has enjoyed a solid 2022 campaign. The former 2012 first-round pick has mashed 22 home runs while recording 58 RBIs despite only batting .217 at the plate.
Further adding to the good news, Wisdom is expected to be available off the bench when the Cubs play the San Francisco Giants at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Nick Madrigal Injury Update
Unfortunately, things aren't as positive surrounding Madrigal's injury issue. After activating Wisdom, the Cubs also announced that Madrigal has been placed on the 10-day IL due to a right groin strain that emerged during Friday's game against the Giants.
Groin tightness is something that the second baseman has dealt with throughout the 2022 campaign. It's kept him in and out of Chicago's lineup, limiting him to just 59 games played. He's struggled with seven RBIs without a home run while slashing .249/.305/.282, but is still valuable due to his .996 fielding percentage.
Considering how pesky Madrigal's groin injury has been, it wouldn't be shocking if the Cubs shut him down for the year. There's no sense in rushing him back with nothing left to play for, especially since he's likely part of their future, being under team control until 2027.
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