With a 12.5-game lead entering the final 10 days of June, the Cubs have some room to play things safe.
The Cubs are taking the conservative approach with Dexter Fowler's hamstring, placing the centerfielder on the disabled list and calling up right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr.
Fowler injured his hamstring running out a groundball in the first inning of Saturday's Cubs victory.
The Cubs took some time to determine a plan with Fowler before ultimately deciding to let him heal 100 percent rather than pushing it unnecessarily.
"We don't think it's a long-term injury," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said before Monday's game. "I hate to put timetables on it, but ultimately, we knew it was gonna be something that was gonna sideline him for at least the next handful of games, week or so."
Fowler may have been fine to play in a week to 10 days, but the Cubs didn't see any point in playing short-handed for that time.
"Dexter was great about it," Hoyer said. "I think he was in good spirits. I think he feels like he's gonna be 100 percent when this is over and I don't think he wanted to risk playing at 80-85 percent for too long.
"He'll talk about it more, but ultimately, it was a prudent thing to do at this time in the season. We've got some options in the outfield we can play in the mean time."
One of those options is rookie Albert Almora Jr., a defensive whiz in the outfield who made his big-league debut just two weeks ago.
He's played well during his short stint in the majors and the Cubs can also slide Jason Heyward over to center. Chris Coghlan and Matt Szczur can play the corner outfield spots, but Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist also provide some depth out there, giving Cubs manager Joe Maddon plenty of possibilities for lineup options.
Hoyer said the Cubs opted for Edwards to help out a tired bullpen a little bit, but they will continue to re-evaluate the roster. The Cubs are currently in a stretch where they don't have an off-day until the All-Star break starting July 11.
Tommy La Stella is rehabbing well from a hamstring issue that landed him on the disabled list last week and the Cubs believe he can go on a rehab assignment soon.
Jorge Soler has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the last couple weeks, as well, but still needs time before he can head out on a rehab stint.