Nico Hoerner closes in on return with rehab assignment


Nico Hoerner will begin a rehab assignment Sunday as he works his way back from a right oblique strain, Cubs manager David Ross said Sunday.

Hoerner will play Sunday and Tuesday with Triple-A Iowa and likely Wednesday, Ross said. Iowa is off Monday.

“We’ll see from there,” Ross said. “We’ll try to trust in his feedback.” 

Iowa plays six games in Omaha starting Tuesday, following Sunday afternoon's home game. The Cubs are in Milwaukee this weekend, which could make sense as for when Hoerner rejoins the club. 

Hoerner last played for the Cubs on July 28, leaving the game with the oblique injury following a check swing. He landed on the 10-day injured list a day later.

He's fared well at the plate in 39 games this season, batting .313/.388/.388.

Hoerner began a rehab assignment with Single-A South Bend on Aug. 22 but left his first game mid-at-bat as a precaution after experiencing tension along his oblique. 

He did not reinjure the oblique but took time to rest before resuming baseball activities. He’s been going through on-field pregame workouts at Wrigley Field, including before Saturday’s game against the Giants.

Whenever Hoerner does return, he’ll play shortstop. The Cubs want to get a look at him at shortstop heading into 2022, as he's a potential option to start there.


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