The Cubs placed Descalso on the 45-day injured list Wednesday with a left ankle sprain, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports. No reports surfaced in summer camp suggesting that Descalso was tending to a major injury, but the utility man will now be on the shelf for at least the next month and a half while he recovers from the ankle sprain. His absence likely paved the way for both Jason Kipnis and Nico Hoerner to crack the Opening Day roster.
Descalso will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp. Descalso had a season to forget in 2019, posting a .173/.271/.250 slash line in 82 games, but the Cubs like his versatility enough to keep him around. The 33-year-old isn't likely to have a significant role, however, with Jason Kipnis added to the mix in the offseason and Nico Hoerner also a member of the infield group training at Wrigley Field. There's also David Bote around to block Descalso for playing time at both second and third.
Descalso is likely to serve as a reserve infielder for the Cubs this year rather than being in the mix to start at second base, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Nico Hoerner is probably the team's most talented option to play second, but the organization is weighing whether to give the 22-year-old more seasoning in the minors. Even if Hoerner does start the year at Triple-A, both David Bote and Jason Kipnis are likely ahead of Descalso, which highlights the hurdles facing the 33-year-old when it comes to finding playing time. Descalso's experience and contract should keep him around to begin the season, though he could certainly be designated for assignment at some point.
Descalso (ankle) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday. Descalso has been out with the left ankle sprain for just over a month but will rejoin the Cubs for the stretch run. The 32-year-old has struggled with a .181/.283/.263 slash line in 73 games, and he could see fewer opportunities with the return of Ben Zobrist (personal).
Descalso (ankle) is 2-for-17 with two home runs through seven rehab games with Triple-A Iowa. He started well with Iowa, homering in his first two games, but Descalso went without a hit last week (0-for-14, six strikeouts). The 32-year-old has really struggled with the major-league team this season, slashing .181/.283/.263, and the Cubs probably aren't in a big hurry to bring him off the injured list. Descalso will likely play a minimal role down the stretch.