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Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner is taking the next step in his injury rehab process a few hours down the road.
Hoerner, who has been out for three weeks with a right oblique strain, is set to begin a rehab assignment in Single-A South Bend on Sunday. The Cubs plan to move Hoerner to Iowa in the next couple days, after their Triple-A affiliate returns from a road series at St. Paul.
Hoerner took batting practice on the field and went through a full infield workout on Friday.
The infielder is positioned to be an important part of this transitioning Cubs team moving forward, but injury has limited him in his first (almost) full big-league season.
Hoerner debuted for the Cubs in September 2019, and he platooned at second base during the shortened 2020 season. This year, Cubs manager David Ross left Hoerner off the Opening Day roster, saying David Bote had won the starting job. But Hoerner returned to the big-league squad a few weeks into the season.
Hoerner is batting .313 this season, on pace for a career best. But he’s only played in 39 games. This is his third stint on the injured list. In early May, Hoerner landed on the IL after an in-game collision with Ian Happ. Later that month, he strained his left hamstring trying to beat out a throw to first base.
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