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Marcus Stroman, Drew Smyly set to head out on rehab assignments as they near return

2 years agoAndy Martinez

Marcus Stroman feels he’s ramping up properly this time.

When he landed on the IL in early May with a bout of COVID-19, he felt that he rushed back a bit in his return.

“I had 19 days off and I had COVID for four of those and I came out and was throwing 5 innings, I think 77 pitches, and I never recovered after that day,” Stroman said before Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. “I think I was just a little too aggressive.”

He made four starts after that IL stint before he landed on the IL again with right shoulder inflammation. This time, he wanted to make sure he built back up the right way and he feels he’s doing that — he’ll join the Iowa Cubs for a rehab assignment on Sunday where he’ll pitch.

“I think I have … 3 to 4 innings, 55 pitches and then kinda progress from there,” Stroman said.

He hopes that his next outing after that will be back with the Cubs in the majors.

“But, I’ll address with the team, see how I feel afterwards,” Stroman said. “But I would hope only one and then I would hope my next one would be in the big leagues, as long as everything goes well.”   

David Ross, though, wants to make sure he comes out of the rehab assignment 100-percent.

“I think the main thing is see how it goes, see how he comes out healthy,” Ross said. “I think there’s ways we can try to bring him back as long as everything goes well.”

Lefty Drew Smyly is at a similar point in his rehab as Stroman. Smyly will make a rehab appearance Monday at either South Bend or in Indianapolis with Iowa.

For Stroman, he’s excited to return to the Cubs and show who he is. He’s made just 9 starts and he’s a player that prides himself on making each start in a season.

“I think after this I should be good to go and I would assume I would be in there every 5th day and feel good the rest of the year,” Stroman said.

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