Cubs’ Trevor Williams and Justin Steele to start rehab missions – NBC Chicago


Injured Cubs begin their rehabilitation missions this weekend originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

As the Bear cubs Towards the end of a difficult schedule in June, three launchers on the casualty list are expected to begin rehabilitation missions in the coming days.

Dillon Maples (Saturday) and Justin Steele and Trevor Williams (Sunday) will each pitch for Triple-A Iowa this weekend.

There is no specific timeline for the returns of pitchers, especially Williams, who has been sidelined since May 31 with an appendectomy.

“He has to rebuild himself to be able to pitch innings in the big leagues,” manager David Ross said on Friday. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take. It’s the pitch and the evaluation and continue to add up.

“Her body is in a great place, like a type of spring training to get ready to come back and potentially start.”

Rotation depth has been an issue for the Cubs over the past month, with Williams and Adbert Alzolay missing each time due to injuries. Alzolay missed about two weeks with a blister, returning last weekend.

Ross said this week that the the plan is for Steele, released since May 21 with a strained right hamstring, to stretch more than one sleeve. The southpaw impressed on 11 relief outings before falling, posting a 2.03 ERA.

The Maples achieved a 1.99 ERA in 18 relief appearances before competing in the IL on June 16 with right tricep tension.

Nico Hoerner (left hamstring sprain) and David Bote (dislocated left shoulder) are also making progress, and the latter could begin a rehabilitation mission early next week. The Cubs take things day to day with Hoerner.

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