More COVID-19 news: Cubs put Bote, Martini on injured list


Two more Cubs players went on the injured list Friday without injury designations in outfielder Nick Martini and infielder David Bote, which means COVID-19 moves.

The Cubs also put infielder Patrick Wisdom (Wednesday) and catcher Austin Romine (Thursday) on the injured list, without specifying a reason, this week.

Cubs manager David Ross said the club is bracing for potentially more moves over the coming days.

"Our radar is up and it's been that way," Ross said. "When you have one pop positive, you have something that continues to linger over your head.

"You hold your breath and there could be nothing come of it. And then there's what we're seeing happen. It can be kind of a slow drip."

Ross said the players involved are not experiencing serious symptoms.

"The worst symptom I've heard is a little congestion," he said. "Right now, I think that's the good news."

The Cubs called up infielder Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move after the Bote news. Because Bote was not placed on the 10-day injured list, they did not have to open space on their 40-man roster for Ladendorf.

Ladendorf, a Maine West grad, was already on the road with the Cubs on their five-man taxi squad — a group of substitute players immediately available if needed.


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Additionally, the Cubs placed Nico Hoerner (oblique tightness) on the 10-day IL Friday while recalling pitcher Cory Abbott and outfielder Johneshwy Fargas from Iowa.

Abbott will start Friday's series opener against the Cardinals in place of Zach Davies, whom the Cubs shut down this week.

The Hoerner move officially ends his season, although the Cubs said this week he would not play the remaining handful of games due to lingering soreness from previous injuries sustained in 2021.

He went on the IL on three previous occasions due to a left forearm strain, left hamstring strain and right oblique strain.

Contributing from St. Louis: Gordon Wittenmyer

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