Cubs’ Marcus Stroman and Drew Smyly to start rehab assignments – NBC Chicago

Stroman and Smyly will begin rehab assignments, close returns originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Injured starting pitchers Marcus Stroman (shoulder) and Drew Smyly (slant) are expected to begin minor league rehab assignments as the two veterans are set to return to the Cubs’ rotation.

Stroman will pitch for Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, and Smyly said he’ll pitch Monday for Single-A South Bend or the I-Cubs — who are on the road in Indianapolis.

Smyly, who has been on the disabled list since straining his left oblique May 30 against the Brewers, is aiming for three innings and about 50 pitches in his rehab outing.

The southpaw, who signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March, has a 3.80 ERA in nine starts this season.

Stroman hopes he only needs one rehab start before joining the Cubs, though that depends on how he comes out of his Sunday outing. He’s ready to pitch 3-4 innings and about 55 pitches.

Stroman hasn’t pitched since June 3 and has made just four starts in the past two months. He missed 19 days in May due to a bout with COVID-19 and said on Saturday he was “a bit too aggressive” following that absence.

In his first COVID IL start, May 19 against Arizona, he threw 77 pitches over five innings.

“I never recovered after that day,” Stroman said. “So I think after that I should be good to go, and I guess I’ll be there all five days and feel great the rest of the year.”

Stroman said he felt “much better” physically now and did the “proper buildup this time”. That includes a two-inning, 36-pitch live batting practice on Tuesday and a bullpen session on Friday.

“The progression is perfect to put me in the line where the build-up is perfect,” he said.

After a rocky April, Stroman dominated in May (1.50 ERA, four starts) before giving up nine runs in four innings in his last start, taking his ERA to 5.32 in nine outings. .

He can’t wait to get back on the mound and compete the rest of the way.

“Yeah. I’m fired up for life, always,” Stroman said. “I’m excited to wake up, so yeah. Going out there and being able to compete, that’s why we work as hard as we do.

“I’m looking forward to the next three months. The group of guys we have here are amazing. Everyone is training, working hard. Nobody gets lazy, even when we’re going through tough times.

“It’s good to see that work is always the priority for everyone in the team.”

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