Every player on the Chicago Cubs seem to be dropping like flies and finding themselves injured. After this past weekend, Matt Garza, Jeff Baker and Marlon Byrd took beatings as the latest players to be injured.
Apparently Garza has been pitching with a tight elbow for his past two starts, and now he was forced to miss his start yesterday due to this injury. An injury that the training staff is going to look at day to day may inevitably turn into a long absence.
Jeff Baker also had to leave a game with a strained groin injury. Groin injuries are tricky to deal with, they could be a quick tweek and the recovery time is not very long, or it could become a season long nagging injury. Either way, Baker has been an integral part of the offense coming off the bench. Losing him, means you lose that spark off the bench, and that key pinch hitter in tight games.
The scariest looking injury came to Marlon Byrd, who is on the 15-day DL. Byrd took a fastball right off of his face, just under his eye. Byrd suffered several face fractures, and will be monitored very closely for any signs of head damage. All sports are starting to take head injuries more serious than they ever have before. Marlon will not be rushed back by any means, and all Cubs fans and his teammates hope for is that he is all right.
The Cubs, who are already struggling, could not afford to lose some of their key players. Funny thing is, the injuries did not even come to the most likely sources. Typically if you heard that the Cubs are plagued by injuries, you would immediately assume that it was Alfonso Soriano or Aramis Ramirez. These two players have remained healthy, and hopefully they can because the team could not afford to lose them too.
Injuries are a part of the game, but now the Cubs seem to be stuck with their backs to the wall, and it’s time to see what they are made of. Can the team rise to the occasion? Or will it only get worse?