(670 The Score) Sidelined from MLB action since May 15 due to a knee injury, Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday evening, manager David Ross said on the Bernstein & Holmes Show.
Bellinger’s absence has been a big blow to the Cubs, who were 19-21 at the time he was hurt and have gone 9-16 since. Bellinger is hitting .271 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and an .830 OPS in 37 games this season after signing a one-year, $17.5-million deal with the Cubs. He has also played terrific defense.
“We’ve missed him a great deal,” Ross said. “He’s a great player.
“Cody is one of those guys, his mentality in the dugout, the way he carries himself, his presence in the locker room, there’s just so much to like about him. Yeah, we miss him, but hopefully we get him back real soon.”
The Iowa Cubs open a 12-game homestand in Des Moines on Tuesday evening.
In other injury updates, Ross provided less clarity on outfielder Seiya Suzuki’s status and recent absence. Suzuki missed the Cubs’ games Saturday and Sunday, but neither the team nor Suzuki has disclosed a specific reason.
“He’s just got some stuff that’s taking a little while, just precautionary stuff,” Ross said. “We’ll see how he checks out and go from there.”
The Cubs host the Pirates on Tuesday evening in the opener of a three-game series. Pregame coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. on 670 The Score.