(670 The Score) Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman is “feeling better” as he recovers from a rib cartilage fracture, but a timeline for his potential return remains unclear, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Monday.
Stroman has been sidelined since July 31, initially by a hip injury before he was then diagnosed with the rib cartilage fracture. Stroman is in Chicago on Monday to be evaluated by the Cubs’ doctors, after which the organization hopes to know more.
“I know he feels better,” Hoyer said on the Mully & Haugh Show. “I know he doesn’t feel perfect yet. And it’s a frustrating injury because it’s a rest injury. There’s not a real timeframe, honestly, because it’s nothing something that we normally deal. I know he’s feeling better. We’re hopeful, and I think we’ll have more of a sense after he sees the doctor today, just what the rest of the month can look like.”
Stroman, 32, has a 3.85 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 23 starts this season. The Cubs are in second place in the NL Central, trailing the Brewers by four games. Chicago welcomes Milwaukee to Wrigley Field on Monday evening to open a three-game set. Pregame coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. on 670 The Score.
The Cubs hold the second NL wild-card spot entering play Monday.
You can listen to Hoyer's full interview in the audio player above.