Nico Hoerner departed Wednesday’s game after bizarre injury
When it rains, it pours.
The Cubs have already dealt with a slew of injuries this week and that was before Nico Hoerner was forced out of Wednesday’s game with right ankle soreness.
Taylor McGregor had more information after the game:
#Cubs Nico Hoerner has a right ankle sprain. Waiting for the swelling to go down before they know more.— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) May 12, 2022
As the series finale in San Diego was just getting under way, Hoerner crumpled to the ground in the bottom of the 1st inning.
Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar stepped to the plate as his team’s second batter of the game with Hoerner positioned in shallow right field in the shift. When Profar lifted a fly ball to center, Hoerner moved to get in position for a potential relay.
Cubs center fielder Jason Heyward wasn’t able to make the catch and Profar motored into third with a triple. But the most pressing concern for the Cubs was Hoerner, who lay in a heap on the ground in shallow center field.
He and second base umpire Dan Iassogna collided as they both tried to get into the right spot.
Hoerner initially stayed in the game to finish the 1st inning. He took his plate appearance in the top of the 2nd, striking out swinging.
When the Cubs took the field in the bottom of the 2nd, Ildemaro Vargas was in Hoerner’s place at shortstop.
Hoerner has been one of the Cubs’ most important players this season. He entered play Wednesday ranked 3rd on the team with a 0.8 WAR as his defense has been superb.
The Cubs are off Thursday before beginning a 3-game series with the Diamondbacks in Arizona Friday night.