Cubs injury updates: Andrelton Simmons begins rehab assignment

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Cubs shortstop Simmons begins rehab assignment originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Cubs shortstop Andrelton Simmons joined Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to begin a rehab assignment.

Simmons is slated to play shortstop Saturday and DH on Sunday, according to the Cubs. Iowa is off Monday.

Simmons opened the 2022 season on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He only played in one Cactus League game, appearing as the designated hitter, before being sidelined.

The Cubs signed the four-time Gold Glove Award winner after MLB's lockout as another shortstop option along with the versatile Nico Hoerner. Hoerner has taken on the bulk of playing time at short so far this season.

Here's the latest updates on other injured Cubs players:

Wade Miley (left elbow)

May 7: Wade Miley will throw a bullpen session on Sunday and the Cubs will then plot of the next step in his rehab process.

Miley made the first start of his rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Iowa, tossing four scoreless innings with four strikeouts on just 41 pitches. He threw an additional 15 in the bullpen after exiting the game, he said.

"It went well. I was happy I was able to get through four innings," Miley said. "Five up-downs was great and I feel pretty good coming out of it. I'm excited."

May 4: Wade Miley will officially begin his rehab assignment and pitch for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Iowa is on the road against St. Paul.

Miley has missed the start of the season after opening on the injured list with left elbow inflammation. He did not pitch in spring training after taking a cautious approach to his workload during MLB’s lockout.

The veteran lefty said Tuesday he’s looking to build up to 3-to-4 innings before joining the Cubs and is looking forward to his eventual team debut.

“I can’t wait,” Miley said. “I’ve been with the team this whole time and have just been itching to get out there and compete."

Alec Mills (low back strain)

May 7: Alec Mills will throw off a mound in the next few days and the Cubs will reevaluate him after to determine his next steps.

Mills, who began the season on the 10-day injured list, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa April 23. He experienced quad tightness while working out in the days after, so the Cubs exercised caution and had him take a few days off.

Mills threw 62 pitches in his first rehab start.

David Bote (left shoulder)

May 4: It may not be long before David Bote is back with the Cubs.

The tentative plan is for Bote to begin a rehab assignment in about two weeks. He's missed the start of the season after undergoing left shoulder surgery over the offseason.

Bote dislocated his left shoulder last May and missed two months. He joined the Cubs for their homestand this week and took batting practice Wednesday.

Bote is eligible to come off the 60-day injured list June 6 (a Cubs off day). Big-league players may spend a maximum of 20 days on a rehab assignment.

He dislocated his left shoulder last May and missed two months.

Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder)

May 3: Andrelton Simmons continues to take live batting practice and infield work, throwing across the diamond, in Arizona. He could begin a rehab assignment soon.

Simmons opened the season on the injured list with right shoulder soreness. He only appeared in one Cactus League game, serving as the designated hitter.

The Cubs signed Simmons, a four-time Gold Glove shortstop, to a one-year deal in March after MLB’s lockout.

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