Cubs sign Dee Strange-Gordon to minor-league deal

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With Hoerner injured, Cubs sign Dee Strange-Gordon for depth originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

PITTSBURGH — The day after second baseman Nico Hoerner suffered a hamstring injury, the Cubs on Wednesday signed veteran second baseman Dee Strange-Gordon to a minor-league deal.

Strange-Gordon, 33, will be assigned to Triple-A Iowa as infield depth as the team awaits Hoerner’s MRI results and weighs other internal options to replace Hoerner on the big-league roster.

The Cubs have sent Iowa outfielder Rafael Ortega — who made a powerful impression at the plate this spring — to join the team in Pittsburgh, but it's not clear when he might be added to the roster if they go that direction. It’s possible the Cubs put off the move and play short-handed on the bench Wednesday night — a point that could become moot with rain in the forecast in Pittsburgh.

Strange-Gordon, a two-time All-Star and 2015 Gold Glove winner who served an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs in 2016, last played in the majors for Seattle in 2020, going 15-for-75 (.200) with one extra-base hit and three walks in 33 games.

He spent spring training with the Reds before being released, then signed a minor-league deal April 21 with the Brewers, who released him Saturday.

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