Seiya Suzuki beginning next step of rehab with Cubs
Seiya Suzuki will progress to his next step as he recovers from a sprained finger that has kept him sidelined for more than three weeks.
The Cubs are sending the rookie outfielder to the team’s complex in Arizona this week while the big league club is in Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
“It’s twofold — he can get the most amount of work and being on the road is a little bit tougher to facilitate extra work,” David Ross said. “Going to Arizona, he can do all his training, get as much BP and progress as fast as he possibly can.
“There’s live pitching down there if he wants to track some, if he wants to face some, live BPs — all that stuff that we won’t have on the road. I think it’s just a better training facility for him to continue to speed up his rehab back. He’s on the right track.”
The swelling in Suzuki’s left ring finger has gone down, which the Cubs were hoping for during this current rest period. The team has gave him about a week off before Suzuki starting taking dry swings this weekend at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs don’t have a set plan or timeline for Suzuki’s progress. If all goes well, he could end up going on a rehab assignment with one of the team’s minor league affiliates.
“We’re gonna lean on Seiya to let us know how he’s feeling on a daily basis and progressing in the right way,” Ross said. “It’ll be a conversation that we have throughout his progression.”
The Cubs could use Suzuki’s presence in the lineup on a daily basis. He currently has the 6th highest WAR (0.6) among position players on the team.