TODAY: Bote’s MRI revealed no fractures or any unusually serious damage, with Ross describing the result (to NBC Sports Chicago’s Maddie Lee and other reporters) as the “best news possible” given the severity of the injury.
MAY 29: Cubs infielder David Bote left today’s game due to a separated left shoulder, as manager David Ross told The Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan and other reporters in the post-game media session. Bote suffered the injury while sliding into second base on what ended up as an Eric Sogard double play during the fourth inning, and Patrick Wisdom replaced Bote in the field at third base for the top of the fifth.
Bote will certainly be placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday’s game, and a trip to the 60-day IL could be a distinct possibility depending on the severity of the separation. Regardless, it represents yet another hit to a Cubs infield that has lost Matt Duffy and Nico Hoerner to the IL within the last week, and Anthony Rizzo has also missed four games in a row due to a bad back.
Given all the injuries that have plagued the Cubs this season, Bote has ended up becoming a regular for the team, appearing in 49 of Chicago’s 51 games. Bote has hit only .194/.273/.333 over 162 PA, but his ability to fill in at both second and third base has been a plus for a Cubs team in need of depth.
Dee Strange-Gordon recently signed a minor league deal with the Cubs and could very well be getting a quick call to the big leagues with Bote now sidelined. Such MLB veterans as Andrew Romine, Sergio Alcantara, and Trayce Thompson are also available at Triple-A depending on how the Cubs want to handle the infield situation, as an outfielder could be called up to allow Kris Bryant to move back to third base.
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I seen that play. Just happened to be watching since it was the free game of the day on mlb.com. Didn’t look to bad till he grabbed his shoulder right after trying to hold onto the bag on a slide. He was obviously in great pain walking back to the dugout. Got called out for interference on the play as well.
Yeah it was brutal to watch. Besides the injury obviously. The end result was BS Eric Sogard beat the play at first but he was called out. Bote had his hand out and touched the fielder but its not like he did it on purpose. There’s players that do.that all the time. 1 out of maybe 5 get the call reversed which makes it a DP.
Dang, slide feet first and still hurt the shoulder. Bummer.
Too bad! He is a good player! I wish him a speedy recovery! I hate injuries. I would rather beat the Cubs at full strength, then they have no excuses!
And he hit the game winner in the previous game.
Tough to watch. Feel better and this Reds fan hope you return n full health.
Another Reds fan here also wishing Bote a quick return.
Dumpster divin’ time!