Nick Madrigal is optioned to Triple A because the Chicago Cubs make room for Kyle Hendricks’ season debut

Nick Madrigal turned the odd man out throughout the Chicago Cubs infield mix.

The Cubs had carried an extra place participant whereas using a four-man rotation since Hayden Wesneski’s demotion to Triple-A Iowa on Might 15. Kyle Hendricks’ return Thursday night from the injured guidelines to make his season debut — his first start since July 5 — meant the bench wished to be trimmed.

Madrigal was the casualty, optioned to Iowa as a result of the corresponding switch.

Supervisor David Ross talked about Madrigal took the knowledge professionally they normally had a superb dialog throughout which Ross outlined his imaginative and prescient for Madrigal’s future. It begins with widespread having fun with time in Triple A at second and third base.

“We knew the place we noticed him and we knew the place he stood in his ideas,” Ross talked about. “Nick is a extremely high-level participant. We need to get him again to one of the best model of him as a result of that’s once we’re going to be at our greatest.”

Madrigal’s match on the Cubs roster took profitable as soon as they signed shortstop Dansby Swanson to a seven-year, $177 million deal in December, forcing Nico Hoerner to maneuver once more to second base. Madrigal spent the rest of the offseason finding out third base to boost his defensive flexibility and create a path in direction of having fun with time. Bench coach Andy Inexperienced traveled to Arizona to work with Madrigal for per week.

Madrigal held his private at third in 16 begins. The Cubs took phrase of how he continued to put in work defensively.

“The factor I’m most pleased with for him is the way in which he took to 3rd base,” Ross talked about. “He’s performed a fantastic third base, actually clear over there. That’s arduous to do. That’s form of gone unnoticed publicly. I simply hold marveling on the skill for him to make so many several types of performs and the arm power and the way he’s constructed that up and the way in which his physique’s shifting.”

Madrigal’s contact-hitter profile provides price when he’s locked in. Throughout his two seasons with the White Sox sooner than hamstring surgical process and a commerce all through metropolis, Madrigal confirmed he can get on base enough with out a extreme stroll cost. That hasn’t occurred enough in a Cubs uniform.

The workers hopes he can get his timing once more with widespread at-bats at Iowa. In 98 plate appearances this yr, Madrigal hit .247 with a .286 on-base proportion and 63 OPS+.

Patrick Knowledge and Miles Mastrobuoni will proceed to get a variety of the having fun with time at third base with Christopher Morel seeing most of his at-bats as a result of the designated hitter.