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MLB: Cubs’ David Bote injures shoulder vs. Reds

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Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote was forced from Saturday’s home game against the Cincinnati Reds because of a shoulder injury.

Bote took first base after he was hit by a Luis Castillo pitch in the fourth inning. When Eric Sogard grounded to first, the Reds tried to force Bote at second.

Bote attempted to slide wide of the bag, but injured his left arm in the process.

Upon review, Bote was called for interference and the Reds were credited with a double play.

Bote, 28, was hitting .196 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 48 games entering Saturday.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness) missed his fourth straight game and is day-to-day, according to Cubs manager David Ross.

“Things are progressing in a positive manner,” Ross said prior to Saturday’s win. “Just saw him, and they’re starting to do some mobility stuff. He said he’s feeling better every day.”

Ross also updated the status of infielder Matt Duffy (lower back strain, improving each day), outfielders Jason Heyward and Jake Marisnick (hamstring strains, running bases and doing well), reliever Justin Steele (right hamstring strain, progressing) and second baseman Nico Hoerner (left hamstring strain), who is just beginning the rehab process.

Right-hander Alec Mills (lower back strain) started at Triple-A Iowa on Saturday as he continues to work toward a return.

“Trying to get him back to where he’s stretched out and healthy is the main concern,” said Ross, who added right-hander Trevor Megill will throw at Iowa on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

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