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Cubs injury updates: Stroman, Smyly, Heyward, Madrigal and next steps for Suzuki

1 month agoTony Andracki

After Monday’s off-day — the Cubs’ first in two-and-a-half weeks — the team had a plethora of injury updates.

Marcus Stroman and Drew Smyly threw live bullpens Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, facing fellow injured teammates Seiya Suzuki and Nick Madrigal.

Each pitcher tossed 2 innings while Stroman worked up to 36 pitches and Smyly threw 32 pitches.

“Stro threw mid-30 pitches, came out really well,” David Ross said. “Same with Smyly. Everything seemed to be on par.”

Stroman has been on the injured list since June 7 with right shoulder inflammation while Smyly was placed on the IL on May 31 after he was removed from a start with a right oblique strain.

Meanwhile, Suzuki is nearing a return. The rookie outfielder has been on the shelf since injuring his finger May 26 in Cincinnati. He spent last week building up at the Cubs complex in Arizona before facing his teammates Tuesday afternoon.

If he feels fine Wednesday, the Cubs could send him on a rehab assignment in the near future.

“Seiya looked really good [in live BP],” Ross said. “No issues. … Seiya’s probably at a point where if he feels good [Wednesday], we’ll start to think about a rehab assignment for him to get him out there and get some consistent at-bats.”

Madrigal — who is out with a groin injury — is behind Suzuki’s timeline. The second baseman was placed on the IL on June 12 and is “a little bit away” from going on a rehab assignment, Ross said.

More injury notes:

—Frank Schwindel is still progressing from a back injury that landed him on the IL June 18.

—Jason Heyward has been dealing with right knee soreness and hasn’t played since Friday in St. Louis.

—Wade Miley played catch Tuesday. He is currently on the IL for the third time this season after a persistent shoulder strain forced him out of his last start early (June 10).

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