Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs: Injury Reports, Predicted Lineups – April 8th, 2022

After a closely contested Opening Day matchup between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs, the teams will be back at it again at Wrigley Field for game two of the series on April 8. The Cubs took the first game 5-4, bostered by shortstop Nico Hoerner’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 5th inning to take and hold the lead for the remainder of the game.

Electricity returned to Wrigley Field as the Cubs secured a victory over their National League Central foes. For the defending division champion Brewers, they will hope to rebound and to even the series at one game apiece in the matchup on Friday. Here are the injury reports for each team.

Milwaukee Brewers injury Report:

The Brewers hope to continue the season with relatively good health on their roster as they hope that their only loss will be Luis Urias from their starting lineup to start the season. Urias is expected back in mid-April as he resides on the 10-day IL

Player Name Status Reason
Luis Urias Out Left Quad injury
Justin Topa Out Elbow injury

Justin Topa hopes to rejoin the pitching staff around June as he rehabs an elbow injury sustained in Spring Training.

Chicago Cubs Injury Report

The Chicago Cubs will continue to move forward without defensive wizard and projected starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons. However, if Nico Hoerner continues to hit for power, the Cubs may be willing to let Simmons slowly work his way back.

Player Name Status Reason
Wade Miley Out Left Elbow Inflammation
Andrelton Simmons Out Shoulder Injury

Left-hander Wade Miley, who signed with the Cubs in the offseason, will continue to rehab an enflamed left elbow on the 10-day IL.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs: Predicted Batting Orders

The Brew Crew found offensive pop from shortstop Willie Adames and solid baserunning from Kolten Wong on Opening Day.

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Kolten Wong, 2B
  2. Lorenzo Cain, OF
  3. Christian Yelich, OF
  4. Andrew McCutchen, DH
  5. Willy Adames, SS
  6. Rowdy Tellez, 1B
  7. Hunter Renfroe, OF
  8. Omar Narvaez, C
  9. Jace Peterson, 3B

An underrated portion of the game was the strong defensive play of catcher Omar Narvaez, as the catcher nabbed a potential base stealer to snuff out an early Cubs rally.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs found unexpected power from the shortstop position and hope the rest of the lineup can continue to produce.

  1. Rafael Ortega, DH
  2. Nick Madrigal, 2B
  3. Willson Contreras, C
  4. Ian Happ, OF
  5. Frank Schwindel, 1B
  6. Seiya Suzuki, OF
  7. Nico Hoerner, SS
  8. Jason Heyward, OF
  9. Patrick Wisdom, 3B

Now that outfielder Seiya Suzuki has the first big league game under his belt, expect the outfielder to build on his one-for-two performance in which he also drew two walks.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Predicted Starting Pitchers Rotations

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers will send Brandon Woodruff to the mound. Woodruff is building on a stellar 2021 campaign that saw the National League All-Star notch a 2.53 ERA. He enters the matchup confident despite rough Spring Training numbers.

Brandon Woodruff is confident he can get off to a good start this season despite his ugly Cactus League numbers:

Chicago Cubs

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For the Cubs, there is no better way to accelerate a rebuild than a strong start to the season to help fans forget about the departure of stars like Kris Bryant. For the Brewers, a second straight loss may cause unrest for Brewers fans and media who are desperate for the team to make strides towards its first ever World Series title.

Edited by Jason Birkelbach


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