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Seiya Suzuki forced out of Cubs game after awkward slide

2 years agoTony Andracki

Seiya Suzuki was involved in an awkward-looking play in the top of the 3rd inning Thursday and wound up leaving the game as a result.

The Cubs outfielder successfully stole second base but the throw was wild and as he tried to avoid the ball, it forced him into a stumble approaching the bag. He rolled past the base and had to scramble back. To add another layer, Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer rolled over Suzuki as he was attempting a tag.

Suzuki stayed down for a moment in pain, looking at and shaking out his left hand/wrist. The team is calling it a left ring finger sprain.

After a brief visit with trainer P.J. Mainville and manager David Ross, Suzuki initially stayed in the game for the rest of that half-inning and trotted out for the bottom of the 3rd to play right field.

In the 4th inning, Rafael Ortega came off the bench to replace Suzuki.

The rookie has been one of the bright spots for the Cubs this season, hitting .245/.344/.432 through Thursday’s game.

His injury comes at a tough time for the Cubs, who just welcomed back Willson Contreras and Nico Hoerner to the starting lineup Thursday. Contreras had been out since Saturday because of a minor hamstring issue and Hoerner was activated off the IL Wednesday after missing two weeks with an ankle injury.

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