Arrieta, 35, has had a decent rebound effort with the Cubs so far, making six starts and registering a 4.31 ERA at 31 1/3 frames of the rotation. He signed a one-year, $ 6.5 million contract to return to the team with which he won a Cy Young Award in 2015 and a World Series ring in 2016. his throwing thumb did not heal to the point that he is able to correctly launch all his offerings. Given the nature of the injury, it appears to be a short stay in the IL.
The 23-year-old is off to a brilliant start to 2021, beating .389 / .500 / .556 with six doubles, three interceptions and eight goals against seven strikeouts in 44 trips to plate. Hoerner collided with center fielder Ian Happ while chasing a shallow ball in Sunday’s game against the Reds, although it is not clear if that play is the source of his current injury. Happ remains overnight after the incident, with manager David Ross telling reporters he was diagnosed with a rib contusion after being punched “pretty hard” by Hoerner in the process. Hoerner tells reporters he expects to be back from IL when he is first eligible (Lien Twitter via Gordon Wittenmyer de NBC Sports Chicago).
Winkler, meanwhile, limited his opponents to just one run on five hits in 10 1/3 innings. It’s a good start in terms of the end results, but the fact that he walked seven batters, hit another and broke crazy ground suggests that he will need to improve his control if he is to maintain anything. something close to this exit. To his credit, Winkler also knocked out a dozen of the 44 batters he faced, but it marks a second straight year of questionable leadership in the Cubs’ box for the 31-year-old Illinois native.
Ryan has led the Cubs relievers in innings pitched over the past few seasons and will give Ross another southpaw to work with for now. Thompson, who made his MLB debut when he pitched an inning earlier this year, is set to start game two of today’s twin bill against the Dodgers. He is a 26-year-old rotating full-back / swingman contender who ranks 14th among Cubs Farmers on MLB.com, 23rd at FanGraphs and 28th at Baseball America. The Cubs’ rotation doesn’t have room for him when he’s at full power, but he’ll likely be called up for multiple starts in situations like this throughout the year, when injuries appear among the top starters. of the team.
Vargas has appeared in eight games for the Cubs since a 2020 waiver request from the Twins. He has spent most of his career with the D-backs, primarily in a utility role, and is a .252 / .280 / .388 lifelong hitter on 300 trips to plate as a big leaguer. He will factor in the mix at second base and off the bench while Hoerner is sidelined.