Patrick Wisdom has arguably been the Cubs most consistent offensive player, but he’s the team’s latest injury victim.
The rough June for the Chicago Cubs continues on this final day of the month, as Patrick Wisdom was removed for the game following a collision at first base.
Wisdom was filling in at first for an injured Anthony Rizzo (back) who is listed at day-to-day. The injury occurred after a throw from starter Jake Arrieta took Wisdom to the foul territory side of the bag. By that point it was too late and Brewers hitter Tyrone Taylor collided with Wisdom who still attempted to make a play on the ball.
Wisdom was clearly shaken up and left the game. Also listed as day-to-day is Kris Bryant, so the Cubs are using backup catcher Taylor Gushue, who they just called up on Wednesday, to replace an injured Jose Lobaton on the roster. Today marks Gushue’s MLB debut.
The Cubs can’t catch a break with injuries right now
Adding insult to the many injuries for this banged up Cubs team is their current lead slipping away in Wednesday’s game. Chicago poured on seven runs in the top of the first inning, but the Brewers have responded with six unanswered off of Arrieta. As I type this the Cubs currently lead 7-6 in the top of the fourth inning.
A struggling Chicago offense can ill afford to lose the productivity of Wisdom. He was 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs before leaving Wednesday’s contest. On the season, Wisdom leads all MLB rookies with 11 home runs, and he currently owns a .295 batting average and 1.066 OPS this season.
Wisdom has brought a huge lift to Chicago in the past month and half worth of games. To lose him during this tough stretch of baseball will be a huge blow to a team that is in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
Currently trailing the Brewers by five games for the division lead, the Cubs cannot afford anymore losses or injuries.