The Cubs released Sogard on Wednesday. After going unclaimed off waivers when he was designated him for assignment last week, Sogard presumably wasn't keen on reporting to Triple-A Iowa, so the Cubs elected to grant him his release. The 34-year-old utility man slashed .249/.283/.314 across 180 plate appearances with the Cubs this season before being bumped off the 40-man roster.
Sogard was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Friday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports. The veteran infielder has a .249/.283/.314 slash line through 180 plate appearances this season, so it's not a major surprise to see Chicago jettison him from the 40-man roster with Matt Duffy (back) returning from the injured list. Sogard posted an .810 OPS in 110 games in 2019, but he's unlikely to garner much interest on the waiver wire with a paltry .582 OPS in 121 contests over the past two years.
Sogard (thumb) was reinstated from the injured list Friday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. Sogard had been dealing with a left thumb contusion, but he'll return after spending the minimum amount of time on the injured list. He should serve as infield depth for the Cubs.
The Cubs placed Sogard on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left thumb contusion, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. The infielder will be sidelined until after the All-Star break with the thumb injury. It's unclear whether Sogard is headed toward a more extended absence. Though the 35-year-old has hit an unremarkable .250 in 160 at-bats this season, he's likely to stick with the Cubs due to his defensive versatility and, when things get ugly, mop-up pitching abilities.
Sogard went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers. Making his fourth straight start, Sogard was productive in the 15-7 Cubs loss. Both Anthony Rizzo (back) and Kris Bryant (side) were out of the lineup Wednesday and are considered day-to-day with their injuries. Sogard should return to a bench role soon, but he has some limited fantasy value while the two Chicago stars are out.