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When will Seiya Suzuki return to Cubs’ lineup this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Seiya Suzuki and when he’ll return in 2023.

Seiya Suzuki #27of the Chicago Cubs against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on October 05, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Chicago Cubs have started the season without outfielder Seiya Suzuki. He suffered an oblique injury in spring training that also forced him to withdraw from the 2023 World Baseball Classic. With Suzuki sidelined, right field has been manned by a combination of Miles Mastrobuoni, Trey Mancini and Patrick Wisdom.

Seiya Suzuki injury update

April 10 update — Suzuki’s two rehab starts over the weekend seem to have gone well, and the sense is that the outfielder could return this week.

April 7 update — Suzuki is set to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Saturday, meaning he could return as soon as next weekend if all goes well.

April 6 update — Suzuki will be playing in his second season with Chicago. As a rookie, he played in 111 games last season. Suzuki hit .262 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 46 RBI. He swiped nine bags last season and could be a candidate for more stolen bases with the bigger bases in 2023.

The timeline was unclear when Suzuki suffered the injury in late February, and there was hope he would still be ready by Opening Day. The oblique strain was moderate when suffered, and it largely comes down to how he feels at the plate and moving around the outfield.

There’s been good news recently, as Suzuki took part in a simulated game early this week after which manager David Ross rated his oblique as “a 10 out of 10”. It appears that a rehab assignment isn’t too far off, which could put Suzuki on track to return to the North Side as early as next weekend.