Nico’s back: Cubs recall Hoerner, place Joc Pederson on IL
A little over an hour before first pitch Thursday night, the Cubs shook up the roster.
Nico Hoerner was recalled from the South Bend alternate site to take the spot of Joc Pederson, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with left wrist tendinitis. Hoerner is available for Thursday’s game.
Pederson signed a free agent deal with the Cubs last winter and has hit .137 with a .498 OPS to begin the season. He did not play in Wednesday night’s win after going 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts Tuesday.
The Cubs said it was something that popped up in the last couple days and Pederson saw a specialist Thursday.
“We’re gonna have to monitor it a little bit,” David Ross said. “We’ll give him some rest with the IL stint and see how he feels in a couple days. They didn’t feel like there was an MRI needed quite yet. It’s an important part of the body when it comes to hitting, so we’ll rely on him and his feedback and progress accordingly. I think the hope around here is hopefully [no MRI is needed].”
Hoerner hit .364 with a 1.055 OPS in 17 games in spring training but did not make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster as the everyday second base role went to David Bote.
Hoerner, 23, has spent the last few weeks working out at the team’s alternate site. He played in 48 games with the big league team last season, hitting .222 with a .571 OPS and finishing as a finalist for the National League Gold Glove at second base.
When the Cubs made the announcement that Bote had won the second base job as spring training wound down, Ross explained the decision:
“This is a little bit less about Nico and more about David Bote,” Ross said. “David Bote had a great spring — every second baseman, really, that we brought in camp had a great spring. I think it’s an opportunity for David that David has earned, he deserves.”
Bote has collected 5 hits and knocked in 8 runs over his last 3 games and is second on the team with 10 RBI this season.