Cubs' Nico Hoerner exits vs. Padres after colliding with umpire

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Cubs' Hoerner exits vs. Padres after colliding with ump originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs can't catch a break on the injury front.

Shortstop Nico Hoerner exited Wednesday's game against the Padres in the second inning after colliding with the second base umpire in shallow center field.

The Cubs told reporters in San Diego after the game that Hoerner suffered a sprained ankle, with the severity and timeline to be determined after he can be examined again once the swelling subsides.

Hoerner was lining up for the cutoff in center behind second base after Jurickson Profar hit a triple. Cubs manager David Ross and a trainer checked on him and he stayed in the game but was seen bending over to stretch.

Hoerner exited after taking his first plate appearance in the second inning, when he struck out. Ildemaro Vargas replaced him at shortstop.

Hoerner missing time would be a potentially devastating blow for the Cubs. He's one of a few bats they can rely on and has carried the bulk of playing time at shortstop this season — a position with no big-league depth.

Four-time Gold Glover Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder) opened the season on the IL and only began a rehab assignment last weekend.

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The Cubs are dealing with a flurry of injuries right now, with five players going on the injured list since Sunday:

Seiya Suzuki is also dealing with right ankle soreness and has been out of the starting lineup the past two games after exiting Monday's game early. He did pinch hit Tuesday, hitting a single.

MORE: Cubs injury updates

Justin Steele exited his last start with left thumb soreness but told reporters in San Diego this week he doesn't expect to miss a start.

Wade Miley returned from the IL and made his season debut Tuesday. Clint Frazier, Alec Mills and Ethan Roberts went on the IL in recent weeks, and David Bote and Adbert Alzolay started on the IL.

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