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Cubs keep winning but dealt another injury blow in the process

1 year agoTony Andracki

The Cubs’ injury situation is dire and the team will have some tough decisions to make over the next couple days.

But that’s the bad news. The good news for the Cubs is no matter what lineup they trot on the field right now, it’s resulting with a “W” flag and “Go Cubs Go” playing over the sound system at the end of the day.

David Bote came out of Saturday’s game after separating his left shoulder as the Cubs won their 6th straight contest with a 10-2 victory over the Reds.

Bote was sliding into second base in the bottom of the 4th inning and his shoulder caught on the bag. He remained on the ground for several minutes in pain, holding his left shoulder. He will undergo further evaluation in the coming days but will undoubtedly miss some time.

“It’s hard to stay in the managing moment, for sure,” David Ross said. “These guys give their complete effort and play extremely hard for this organization, for me, for their teammates, for themselves. When you see a guy in pain like that, it’s scary. I’ve seen it too many times here lately going out there on the field and seeing these guys in excruciating pain.

“It’s hard and you definitely check out from the managerial mindset for a minute but then you get back to the dugout and gotta tell guys who to come in. We got a great coaching staff that keeps guys ready. These guys stay ready, they’re professional. We are human beings and you feel for these guys when they get hurt. Not a great sight, not a great feeling.”

Adding insult to injury, Bote was called for interference on the play, so Eric Sogard was called out at first base and the momentum in the inning changed in a hurry. The Cubs went from 2 on, 0 outs to 2 outs and trying to sort out another injury.

“It’s unfortunate to see that,” Sogard said. “David’s such a great player and such a great person and works so hard each and every day. We’re hoping for the best with the imaging and when results come back that his recovery will be sooner than later.”

But the Cubs did what they’ve done all month — responded to adversity and grinded out the victory.

Sogard drew a bases loaded walk off Amir Garrett in the 6th inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Cubs plated 4 runs total in the inning, much to the delight of the 24,275 fans in attendance as Wrigley Field expanded to 60% capacity this weekend.

In the 7th inning, Rafael Ortega hit a laser into the right field basket for a solo homer to extend the lead. The 30-year-old outfielder is one of the Cubs’ injury replacements as he was called up from Triple-A Iowa when Nico Hoerner went down earlier in the week.

The relentless lineup tacked on 3 more runs in the 8th inning on 5 straight hits from the top of the order.

The victory gave the Cubs their 5th straight series win and they are now 18-7 in May.

If Bote lands on the injured list, he will be the 11th player on the shelf and the Cubs are running out of options on both the 40-man and 26-man rosters.

Meanwhile, the reinforcements have come up and found success immediately with the big-league group. The Cubs have taken the “next man up” mentality to heart over the last few weeks.

“That’s the sign of a good organization when you could get guys pulling from the minors and they come up, fit right in, have good at-bats,” Ross said. “It’s a testament to their professionalism, their hard work down in Triple-A and the alt site last year and early on this season. As much as it stinks, I’m also thankful for the guys that are coming up here and giving me their best effort.”

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