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Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki on track to return from IL Monday – NBC Chicago

Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki on track to return from IL on Monday originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Talk about the red glow of some rockets after a perilous fight.

Look who’s on track to join the Cubs’ roster just in time for some fireworks in Milwaukee.

Right fielder Seiya Suzuki, who was 3 for 6 with a home run and a double in his first two minor league rehab games, looked healthy enough with Triple-A Iowa for the Cubs to target Monday’s game at 3:10 p.m. in Milwaukee for a return from a finger injury that sidelined him for more than a month.

“He’s close,” manager David Ross said on Saturday.

How far?

“Monday closed,” he said, “maybe.

“Definitely hear that ‘maybe’ in there.”

In other words, barring a setback.

In fact, the Cubs could be on the verge of making significant progress toward full strength in the coming days, with right-hander Marcus Stroman (shoulder) making his first (and only, if successful) start to rehabilitation on Monday. with Iowa as he nears an IL comeback. Another Cubs starting pitcher, Drew Smyly, said he could also be ready to start a rehab mission on Monday.

Suzuki was in the lineup for a third straight day at Iowa on Saturday, his second day on the right court (he was the DH on Friday).

He hasn’t played since May 26, when he sprained his left ring finger in an awkward slide to second base in Cincinnati.

Suzuki, the National League Rookie of the Month for April, had slowed down since a torrid start to the season.

The $99.6 million gem of the Cubs’ offseason — a former Japanese league batting champion and Golden Glove winner — is hitting .241 with four homers and a .776 OPS in 41 games this season.

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