Cubs Recall Alexander Canario, Place Seiya Suzuki on IL

We already covered this in a previous piece, so this will mainly just be the press release. The only bit of commentary I’ll provide here is that oblique strains can be very tricky and Seiya Suzuki could be out several weeks if it’s serious.

The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Alexander Canario from Triple-A Iowa and placed outfielder Seiya Suzuki on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain.

Canario, 23, is hitting .269 (14-for-52) with five doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 13 games this season for Iowa. He leads I-Cubs outfielders in slugging percentage (.481) and OPS (.858). Over his last four games, Canario is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two RBI, a .421 OBP and a .611 slugging percentage.

He made his major league debut Sept. 6, 2023 vs. San Francisco and became the only Cub to hit a grand slam in his first career start (since 1901) Sept. 19 vs. Pittsburgh. He hit .294 (5-for-17) with a home run and six RBI in six games with the Cubs last season. According to MLB Pipeline, Canario entered the season ranked as the Cubs’ 12th-best prospect.

A native of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, Canario was acquired from the San Francisco Giants along with right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian July 30, 2021 in exchange for INF/OF Kris Bryant. He is in his fourth season in the Cubs organization.

Suzuki, 29, is hitting .305 (18-for-59) in 15 games with three home runs and 13 RBI for the Cubs this season.

The Cubs play the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix tonight at 8:40 p.m. CT in a game that can be seen on Marquee Sports Network and heard on 670 The Score.

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