They ended their long road trip by drifting to Chicago – the Cubs won 6-1 on Wednesday – as they find their aches and pains piling up.
Tatis suffered one of those injuries – the shortstop left Tuesday’s 4-3 loss with an oblique concussion, yet should not send him back on the injured list, according to manager Jayce Tingler.
That’s a good thing as Tatis scored .353 runs with nine homers and 26 RBIs, as against 21 in May. He posted those numbers in just 20 games as he missed eight while dealing with a positive COVID test.
Tatis’ deputy, Ha-Song Kim, also went down on Wednesday, as did outfielder Tommy Pham, when he collided and hit his head while chasing a shallow fly ball to the left in the fourth inning.
Both men stayed on the ground as they approached the trainers. Tingler said that Pham needed stitches on her chin, and would undergo further testing, while Kim, although astonished, did not suffer any injuries.
The team needed one more spot of good news and found it in Dinelson Lammett, who is relentlessly trying and building up strength hand trouble Which has bothered him since the end of last year.
He played four innings on Wednesday and gave up one run hitting a six.
“Maybe that was the highlight for me, how cool Lammette was… he loved it. He seemed strong…” Tingler said.
The team returns to open a seven-game home stand Thursday at 7:10 p.m. as the New York Mets head to town, followed by the Cubs. Cooking at home could be according to their need, because they enjoyed a Perfect 9-0 Home Stand last month.
Yu Darvish will open against the Mets, followed by Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove. The start of Sunday is TBD. Mets’ two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom took the mound against Musgrove on Saturday.
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