Cubs’ Keegan Thompson eyes return, sturdy end to 2022

September 18, 2022

Keegan Thompson was again within the Cubs clubhouse Sunday morning after making a rehab look for Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
    
And his return to a big-league mound close to you may not be far behind. 

Thompson, who’s been on the injured checklist since Aug. 20 with low again tightness, was slated to fulfill with supervisor David Ross, pitching coach Tommy Hottovy and Cubs trainers to map out his subsequent steps.

Thompson stated the plan is for him to get extra innings earlier than the season ends, and though Ross wasn’t able to share any formal plans, he acknowledged Thompson is nearing a return.

“We’ll take a look at how the rotation shapes up transferring ahead and the bullpen, and simply see how everyone comes out of their begins,” Ross stated Sunday.

“He’ll be again in there quickly. I haven’t got a date I am able to share but, however he’ll be again in there shortly.”

Friday’s begin with the I-Cubs was Thompson’s first since his Aug. 19 outing towards the Brewers that preceded the IL stint. He stated he had some nerves taking the mound for the primary time in a month however extra importantly got here out of the beginning feeling good bodily.

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He’s trying ahead to getting the possibility to place a bow on his strong 2022 season.

“Yeah, that’s big,” Thompson stated when requested how vital it’s to complete the season out. “It’s good to get a pair extra outings below my belt right here on the finish of the yr. 

 

“It is good to hopefully finish on a excessive observe. Trying ahead to that.”

Thompson stated it does not matter to him whether or not he finishes within the rotation or bullpen as he is simply seeking to get innings in. He is thrown 106 2/3 whole between the majors and minors in 2022, his second most in any skilled season.

Thompson opened the season within the bullpen and emerged as a multi-inning aid weapon. After a flurry of accidents hit the Cubs’ beginning workers, he moved to the rotation in late Might.

He’s posted a 1.38 ERA in eight aid appearances (26 innings) in comparison with a 4.83 ERA in 17 begins (78 1/3), though the latter is inflated by a few tough outings.

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He is established himself as a key piece to the pitching workers coming into the offseason and 2023.

“There’s been ups and downs,” Thompson stated. “Began out actually good, clearly, after which because the season went on, perhaps the innings obtained up there and physique wore down a bit of bit. 

“It was good to get a break in right here and recuperate and get my physique again to totally wholesome and attempt to end sturdy”

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