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Cubs roster moves: Nico Hoerner to injured list, Rafael Ortega recalled, Shelby Miller DFA

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Hopefully, Nico’s not out for too long.

Rafael Ortega bats during spring training
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Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday night’s win over the Pirates. Here’s how it happened [VIDEO].

Hopefully, he won’t be out too long.

Here’s the roster move to replace Hoerner:

To replace Hoerner on the 26-man active roster, 30-year-old outfielder Rafael Ortega was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Ortega was signed by the Cubs as a free agent last November and hit .293/.341/.537 (12-for-41) for the team in spring training, including this walkoff grand slam against the A’s [VIDEO].

Ortega is hitting .250/.333/.484 (16-for-64) at Iowa this year with four home runs. In 410 MLB at-bats with the Rockies, Angels, Marlins and Braves from 2012-19, Ortega hit .229/.287/.290 with three home runs and 17 stolen bases.

As noted above, Shelby Miller was activated from the injured list and designated for assignment. It seems likely Miller will clear waivers and remain in the organization. As always, we await developments.

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