The Chicago Cubs had a pretty bad Monday night overall as they dropped a 10-9 decision against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the news got even worse as it was revealed that outfielder Chris Denorfia will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled hamstring that he suffered in the game.
Denorfia, who has appeared in 12 games for the Cubs this season and is batting .429 with a .931 OPS, will be replaced on the roster by Matt Szczur. He was pulled from the Iowa Cubs’ game on Monday night in the eighth inning, so the corresponding roster move should be made soon.
The injury could not come at a worse time for Denorfia, who had a three-game hitting streak halted by the hamstring ailment. He was 2-for-2 with his first RBI of the season on Monday night when he pulled the hamstring going from second to third base, and he was immediately pulled from the game.
After showing some prodigious power in Cactus League play, Szczur has slowed down a bit for Iowa this season, hitting .250 with a home run and five RBI so far on the triple-A campaign.