The Cubs are preparing for the possibility of losing their top slugger for an indefinite length of time after Patrick Wisdom gave two vital at-bats in their 6-5, 11-inning victory against the Brewers on Saturday.

After hitting a game-tying double in the bottom of the 11th, Wisdom hurt his left ring finger diving for a ball. It was clear that Wisdom was in discomfort as he walked off the field with a trainer, and manager David Ross confirmed X-rays were planned.

Wisdom, the Cubs’ home run leader with 22, earned a walk from Brewers closer Devin Williams during a ten-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning, and later scored the tying run on Nick Madrigal’s bloop single over the diving glove of second baseman Kolten Wong.

Next, Wisdom drove a slider to the right-center to bring in Nico Hoerner, who had opened off the 11th inning at second base. “That was a terrific piece of hitting to get us started in the 11th,” Ross said.

Thompson will heal and recharge by taking some time off. By placing right-handed pitcher Keegan Thompson on the 15-day disabled list, the Cubs may give him a break from throwing and give at least one of their young pitchers a shot at a starting job in 2023.

After a brief outing Friday against the Brewers, Thompson’s lower back pain worsened, and the Cubs ultimately decided to place him on the disabled list. Already concerning was the fact that Thompson had thrown 10413 innings (his highest amount since 2018), and Ross had expressed concern that Thompson could be impacted by weariness.

To prevent this from becoming a huge issue, Ross said that “it makes a lot of sense to make sure we take care of this.” On Wednesday against the Cardinals, veteran left-hander Wade Miley will not be able to replace Thompson due to shoulder soreness.

Anderson Espinoza, a right-handed pitcher, was called up from Triple-A Iowa to replace Thompson, but the Cubs still don’t have a starter for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals. As Ross put it, “we’ll probably get somebody from the minor leagues.”

On Friday, Hayden Wesneski, a right-handed pitcher recently acquired by Iowa from the Yankees in exchange for relief ace Scott Effross, tossed five innings of one-hit ball while striking out five. Unfortunately, Wesneski threw 66 pitches and will most likely be unavailable until Wednesday.

The Cubs have open space on their 40-man roster and could choose to call up right-handed pitcher Javier Assad, who has had a 5-3 record and 2.66 ERA in 21 starts at Double-A Tennessee and Iowa.

Caleb Kilian, a right-handed pitcher who made three starts in the month of June, could be made available. Kilian is a highly touted prospect for the Cubs, but he allowed six runs on eight hits in just three innings for Iowa on Wednesday.

While Espinoza made 15 starts between Tennessee and Iowa, he has only made six relief appearances with the Cubs. For both of these reasons After a 41-minute rain delay, play resumed. The Cubs’ pitching staff has a 2.85 ERA over their previous 29 games.

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Career

The Chicago Cubs organization has signed Wisdom to a minor league deal. Wisdom was added to the 40-man and active rosters on September 25. The day he replaced Anthony Rizzo in the lineup was his first major league appearance of 2020.

As Brailyn Márquez was promoted to a higher position on September 27, Wisdom was given a new duty. On October 7, 2020, wisdom voted in favor of independence. For the 2021 season, Wisdom will play in the minors for the Cubs and will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player.

He was formerly a member of the Iowa Cubs. On May 25th, Wisdom was added to the team’s active roster. Wrigley Field game against the San Diego Padres on May 31 saw Wisdom blast two solo home runs. Wisdom now has four home runs in eight games with the Cubs after hitting another the next day.

Wisdom hit.435 (10-for-23) with a 1.719 OPS and 6 home runs during the week of June 7-13, earning him the NL Player of the Week award. He joined Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (2016) and the Cincinnati Reds as the only players in MLB history to hit at least seven home runs in their first eight starts with a new team.

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