The Cubs announced a series of rosters on Tuesday, standing up straight Jake Arieta, infielder Nico Horner and relief Dan Winkler in the 10-day list of the wounded. Arrieta deals with abrasion of the right thumb, while Hoerner has tension in the left forearm, and Winkler is slowed by tendonitis in the right triceps. In their absence, the dice were recalled by leftists Kyle Ryan and right Keegan Thompson. They have also chosen the contract as a supporter Ildemaro Vargas, filling their list of 40 people.
The 35-year-old Arrieta has a decent rebounding effort with the Cubs so far, making six starts and recording a 4.31
The 23-year-old started brilliantly in 2021, reducing .389 / .500 / .556 with six doubles, three thefts and eight walks against seven strokes through 44 trips to the plate. Hoerner collided with central player Jan Happ as he chased a shallow fly during Sunday’s game against the Reds, although it’s unclear if that game was the source of his current injury. Hap remains every day after the incident, and manager David Ross told reporters he was diagnosed with a rib injury after being kicked “pretty hard” by Horner in the process. Hoerner told reporters he expected to return from IL when he first met the conditions (a Twitter link via Gordon Wittenmeier of NBC Sports Chicago).
Winkler, meanwhile, has kept opponents in just one performance with five hits for 10 1/3 assists. This is a strong start in terms of final results, but the fact that he has passed seven tests, pulled out another and pulled off wild terrain, suggests that he will have to improve his control if he wants to maintain something close to this result. To his credit, Winkler also hit a dozen of the 44 attackers he faced, but this marks the second consecutive year of questionable command in the Cubs’ pen for the 31-year-old Illinois native.
Ryan has been leading the Cubs facilitators in inning for the past few seasons and will give Ross another left-hander to work with for now. Thompson, who made his MLB debut when he threw an inning earlier this year, is scheduled to start the second game of today’s double count against the Dodgers. He is a 26-year-old spinner / swingman who ranks 14th among Cubs farmers on MLB.com, 23rd on FanGraphs and 28th on Baseball America. The rotation of the dice has no place for him when he is at full strength, but he will probably be called up for multiple starting spots in situations similar to that throughout the year, when injuries appear among the first few starters of the team.
Vargas has appeared in eight games with the Cubs, dating back to the 2020 Gemini waiver lawsuit. He has spent most of his career with the D-backs, mostly as an assistant and is a living .252 / .280 / .388 striker in 300 trips to the plate as a major league. He will consider the mix on the second base and off the bench while Hoerner is removed.