Hopefully, he won’t be out too long.
Here’s the roster move to replace Hoerner:
#Cubs place Nico Hoerner on 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. Rafael Ortega selected from Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man, Shelby Miller activated from 10-day IL and designated for assignment.— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) May 26, 2021
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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