Thread: "NL Rookie Award Nominees → May batting average is sluggish." Japan's leading hitter is now in danger of being listed in the IL

[OSEN = Reporter Gil Jun-young] Chicago Cubs Seiya Suzuki (28) is likely to be on the injured list.

Yahoo Sports, a U.S. media outlet, said on the 29th (Korea Standard Time), "Suzuki was unable to play due to an injury to his left ring finger. The Cubs will soon decide whether to put Suzuki on the 10-day injured list.

"When I talked to Suzuki, I figured out what was going on. It is said that it is just a little swollen and stiff. We don't want him on the injured list," he explained.

Suzuki, who signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Cubs this season, has a batting average of .245 (34 hits in 139 at-bats) in 41 games, four home runs, 21 RBIs, and OPS.776. In April, he showed off his strong batting performance, but in May, he slowed down with a batting average of .21 in 20 games (15 hits in 71 at-bats) and a seven-run OPS.616. Suzuki suffered a finger injury while sliding to second base against Cincinnati on the 27th.

Yahoo Sports said, "The Cubs let Clint Fraser outfielder for now. If Suzuki is on the injured list, he can return Jason Heyward, who is on the injured list because of COVID-19. Hayward was allowed to return on the 29th, but he has yet to join the Major League roster.