ATLANTA – Shortstop Javy Baez was out of the Cubs’ lineup on Monday against the Braves with what the team is calling mild left hamstring tightness. Nico Hoerner started at shortstop and batted in the lead-off spot.
Baez’s hamstring discomfort started during the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 6-0 loss to the Brewers on Sunday, but he remained in the game after meeting with Ross and head athletic trainer PJ Mainville.
The Cubs’ shortstop has a .234/.272/.494 with six homers and a team-leading 17 RBI in 20 games this season.
“He’s a little sore today, checked in with him,” Ross said. “We want to be cautious with the little bit of the [hamstring] tightness. He feels like he could play, [but] I think when I ever see hesitation like that from a player, I think it’s just safer to give him a day and reassess tomorrow. He went through some testing out in the field a little bit and still felt the tightness and so he’ll get treatment today and we’ll reassess tomorrow.”
Adam optioned to South Bend, Megill selected
Right-hander Jason Adam was optioned to the Cubs’ alternate site following Sunday’s 6-0 loss. Right-hander Trevor Megill was selected from alternate site South Bend in a corresponding move.
Adam struggled to begin the season after breaking out in 2020. The right-hander had a 9.45 ERA in eight games this season with six walks and 10 strikeouts.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Megill, right-hander Rowan Wick (intercostal) was placed on the 60-day injured list.
Wick had been trending upward and was beginning to have an increased workload following his intercostal injury, which cost him almost all of spring training. But after some soreness following his most recent bullpen, the Cubs have hit the brakes on their high-leverage reliever.
“[Rowan] is doing okay, he got a little bit of soreness in between bullpens,” Ross said. “Things were progressing really fast, I think some of the abdominal stuff popped back up. The oblique stuff popped back up just from a soreness standpoint, so we just slowed it down a little bit and it just makes more sense to slow him down.”
Megill has never appeared in the Majors and is 24-20 with a 3.52 ERA over 158 minor-league appearances.
Romine to the 10-day IL with left wrist sprain
The Cubs placed catcher Austin Romine on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist strain. It’s the second stint on the IL for Romine, who missed 11 games to start the season with a right knee sprain. Catcher Tony Wolters was selected from the alternate site to take Romine’s spot on the 26-man roster.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Wolters, right-handed pitcher Jonathan Holder was moved to the 60-day IL with a right shoulder sprain.