Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki quits Reds game with sprained finger

The Cubs are cautiously optimistic that Seiya Suzuki will avoid a stint on the disabled list after spraining his left ring finger in Thursday’s 20-5 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

“I just want to see how tomorrow is,” Suzuki said through his interpreter, Toy Matsushita. “Take it day to day, but I want to be back as soon as possible.”

Suzuki got his left hand stuck on an awkward slide while stealing second base in the third inning. Suzuki tried to round a wild throw by Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson and his momentum carried him past second base. Suzuki crawled to the bag, where Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer attempted to tag him and rolled over his left arm. Rafael Ortega replaced Suzuki in right field for the bottom of the fourth inning.

Suzuki, who signed a five-year, $85 million contract after the Major League Baseball lockout, has cooled off from a fantastic start to the season. Those highs and lows were expected, and the Japanese outfielder hit a .776 OPS in his first 41 games with the Cubs. The Cubs will have the day off Friday, then reassess Suzuki’s availability for this weekend’s two-game series against the Chicago South Side White Sox.

“It looks like he checked it out,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “The x-rays looked negative so I think it’ll be fine, but we’ll have to give it some time.”

Suzuki, who is seen as a positive presence around his teammates, felt good enough to joke, “I had an X-ray here at this facility and they thought I had really nice bones.”

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