Hoerner is not starting Monday against the Pirates. Hoerner has just two hits in his last seven games, part of a season in which he's hitting a rather disappointing .232/.310/.273. Jason Kipnis starts ahead of him at second base for the second game in a row.
Hoerner is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins. Hoerner will retreat to the bench after starting in six of the Cubs' last eight games. He went 4-for-17 over that stretch, bringing his season-long slash line to .235/.313/.276 in 112 plate appearances. Jason Kipnis will spell Hoerner at the keystone in the series finale.
Hoerner went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, a run scored and three RBI in a victory versus Cincinnati on Thursday. Hoerner got the Cubs on the board in the fourth inning with a two-run double and brought home another score with an RBI fielder's choice in the fifth. Despite getting inconsistent playing time, the 23-year-old has enjoyed a strong September, hitting .375 (6-for-16) with three RBI.
Hoerner is starting at second base and batting ninth in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. Jason Kipnis is on the bench for the first game Saturday, opening up the keystone for Hoerner. Kipnis has been scuffling a bit lately, so Hoerner could earn more regular playing time if he gets hot at the plate. So far this season, the 23-year-old is slashing .230/.322/.257 in 31 games.
Hoerner will start at second base and will bat ninth Wednesday against the Pirates. Hoerner will stick in the lineup for the fourth time in five games, but Kris Bryant's (wrist) return from the injured list Tuesday could make it difficult for the 23-year-old to keep picking up regular starts. Assuming the Cubs lean on Bryant as their everyday third baseman, Hoerner would have to contend with Jason Kipnis and David Bote for reps at the keystone.
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