Cubs’ Nick Madrigal to undergo groin MRI after early Friday release – NBC Chicago

Madrigal will have an MRI after being discharged with ‘groin tightness’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Cubs second baseman Nick Madrigal, who quit Friday’s series opener against the Giants because of what the team called “right groin tightness,” will undergo an MRI on Saturday before the team attempted to determine his playing status with 24 games left in the season, manager David Ross said after the Cubs’ 4-2 win at Wrigley Field.

Ross characterized the purpose of the tests “to rule out everything and make sure he’s okay.”

Madrigal has only played 59 games this season due to two stints on the injured list, including a two-month stretch due to a left groin injury which he aggravated while on a rehab assignment. in a minor league.

Madrigal appeared to be injured on Friday with a ground pitch in the third inning, although Ross said he wasn’t sure when the injury occurred.

He was replaced on the field to start the fourth inning by Zach McKinstrey.

Madrigal, 25, has missed most of the last two seasons and half of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with injuries.

The former No. 4 overall draft pick was acquired at last year’s trade deadline by the White Sox in the trade of Craig Kimbrel just six weeks after undergoing season-ending surgery to a serious hamstring injury.

A back injury sidelined him for three weeks in May, and the left groin injury put him on the IL less than two weeks after returning from the back.

After aggravating the groin injury during minor league rehab, he finally returned from IL on August 4, going 28-for-101 (.277) with a .348 on-base percentage since then.

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Lance B. Holton