Cubs hope Jason Heyward, Jake Marisnick return ‘soon’

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Cubs hope Heyward, Marisnick return ‘soon’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Cubs outfielders Jason Heyward and Jake Marisnick took batting practice on the field before the Cubs’ home game against the Reds on Sunday.

“We're hoping to get those guys back soon,” Cubs manager David Ross said.

Heyward and Marisnick, both building up strength after sustaining hamstring strains, are eligible to return from the 10-day injured list as the Chicago Cubs’ injuries keep piling up.

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Around the same time as Heyward and Marisnick were running and taking BP, Cubs infielder David Bote was getting an MRI on his separated left shoulder. A few hours later, the Cubs placed him on the 10-day IL and called up infielder Sergio Alcántara. Bote hurt his shoulder on the base paths in the Cubs’ 10-2 win against the Reds on Saturday.

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The rest of Ross’ now daily injury update was positive. First baseman Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness), who has so far avoided the IL but was out of the lineup again Sunday, hit off the tee recently. Second baseman Nico Hoerner (strained left hamstring) rode the stationary bike Saturday, which Ross called “a good sign.” Reliever Justin Steele (strained right hamstring) is also improving.

“There’s a long list, isn’t there?” Ross said as he ran through the injury report.

Including Bote, the Cubs have eight players on the 10-day IL and three on the 60-day IL.

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