NEW YORK -- A day after he announced that he would not play in the All-Star Game in Seattle on Tuesday, Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 6, because of a left heel contusion
Swanson hurt his heel running the bases against the Brewers during Wednesday night’s 4-3 victory. The 29-year-old is hoping that rest during the All-Star break will help get him back on the field as soon as possible. Swanson will not be traveling to Seattle to watch the All-Star festivities, planning to instead return home and rest.
“It is unfortunate to get into this position,” Swanson said on Saturday. “The biggest thing -- just from a timing standpoint -- I’m getting four days with the [All-Star] break. It was almost, in a way, like a good insurance policy not to lose some retroactive dates. So, it stinks. I’m making the best decision possible for the group. Hopefully I’ll get back in there soon.”
Swanson has been a welcome addition since signing a seven-year, $177 million contract with Chicago this past winter. Entering Friday’s action, he leads all Cubs position players in wins above replacement (2.9), per Baseball Reference. Overall, Swanson is hitting .258 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs.
“In some metrics, he is leading National League shortstops,” Cubs manager David Ross said. "He has been great for us. I’m super thankful by how we were able to get that type of player -- the way he works, the example he sets, the way he is wired.”