There’s been lots of speculation during the day Friday as to who would replace the traded Joc Pederson on the 26-man active roster.
And now we know:
Eric Sogard activated from the 10-day IL. No corresponding move after Pederson trade. Had a 26-man spot open. #Cubs— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) July 16, 2021
Eric Sogard had been placed on the injured list July 6 with what was termed a “left thumb contusion.”
Sogard is hitting .250/.287/.313 (40-for-160) with one home run and three stolen bases. Those aren’t great numbers, and they are likely because he was never expected to play every day, but has had to due to various injuries. As a pinch-hitter — which is supposed to be his principal role — he’s hitting .346/.393/.385 (9-for-26) with two walks. Those are good numbers. With Nico Hoerner back, Sogard can go back to doing something he’s actually good at.
I suppose I should also note that he’s made five pitching appearances with a 6.23 ERA. That number was 0.00 until he served up a pair of homers to the Phillies in a 13-3 loss July 5.
It should be noted that this move doesn’t do anything to the 40-man roster, from which Pederson was subtracted Thursday night. Thus there’s an open spot on the 40-man, and... well, I guess, as always, we await developments.