Lester to 10-day Injured List


The Cubs have placed Jon Lester on the 10-day IL with a hamstring injury suffered running the bases after his RBI double on Monday. The team performed an MRI today, but the results, and the severity of the injury have not been reported at this time.

In the short run, the Cubs will need to replace Lester in the rotation for Sunday’s game. With Mike Montgomery on the IL, the most logical choice as a fill-in is Tyler Chatwood, who was stretched out in spring training, and has proceeded to throw at least one inning in each of his relief appearances since the beginning of the season.

If they choose to dip into the Minors for a replacement, Duane Underwood, Jr. is the only fully healthy and stretched out option down in AAA. Both Alec Mills and Adbert Alzolay were left behind in EXST. Justin Steele was assigned to AA Tennessee, but he is on a limited pitch count as they slowly stretch him out after a minor injury in spring training. I’m not sure the current status on Mills, but the front office reported Alzolay would not be available until early May.

Should they go outside the 40-man (which I doubt given Chatwood’s availability) for a fill-in starter or piggyback, Colin Rea offers the most experience (25 career MLB starts with SD). Duncan Robinson is lined up in the Iowa rotation and fully stretched out as well. 

Kyle Ryan, Randy Rosario, and Allen Webster have previous starting experience and are capable of working 2+ innings should they choose to go with a piggyback or bullpen game as well.


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  • No word on the 25man replacement yet? Personally I hope they bring Underwood up for the start & piggy back w/Chatwood. Whoever performs best of the 2 gets the next start if Lester isn’t ready. If he is, send Underwoood back down for a reliever right after the start. Use that shuttle w/Maples, Norwood &/or Mills.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Off day today gives them some time before an announcement. Even if they plan to call up Underwood or someone else to take the start on Sunday, they'll recall a reliever to use between now and then anyway.

  • Lester was burning up the basepaths to score. Unfortunate injury. Let's hope we have someone that will fill the void.

  • There is no way a hamstring injury is only two starts. Two months minimum and then he’ll have to build up his arm.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Depends on the severity. I think the medical folks have a better take on this than any of us. If mild, a couple of weeks may do it. Let's hope.

  • In reply to Missed Signal:

    Hopefully you’re right. I’ve noticed the Cubs have a history of being very optimistic about injuries and hamstrings typically take a long time to heal.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Well you are right about that. They do tend to be optimistic. With John originally saying he wouldn't miss a start, I hope it is pretty minor. But, you never know. Let's not injure it further with too aggressive a rehab plan. Fingers crossed.

  • In reply to Missed Signal:

    I agree Strop came back quickly both of his hamstring injuries. It's not like he is playing every day.

  • Does the 2nd gem in a row by Duncan Robinson change the front office mind? It may only be 2 games but as we have seen last year 1 less win created a downward spiral.

  • In reply to 1rungames:

    I'd like to see him get a spot start, but he's not on the 40-man roster and the Cubs already have several pitchers on the IL. I think they'll be cautious about conserving those spots.

  • In reply to 1rungames:

    I feel like the word "gem" is being thrown around a little too loosely....look at the BA Against and the WHIP

  • Exactly what the Cubs did not need, losing Lester.

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