Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Ortega will sit for the first time since July 18, ending a streak of six straight starts during which he went 7-for-19 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. He appears to have worked his way into a timeshare in the outfield with Ian Happ, but both players will head to the bench Sunday with a lefty (Caleb Smith) on the hill for Arizona.
Ortega went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI, stolen base and caught stealing as Chicago lost 3-2 to St. Louis in 10 innings Wednesday.
Batting leadoff, Ortega singled and stole second in the first and slapped an RBI triple in the third but was caught stealing home. The 30-year-old has come out of the All-Star break hot, going 6-for-13 with three extra-base hits, though he now has just three thefts on the bases compared to four times being caught.
Ortega will start in center field and bat leadoff Wednesday against the Cardinals.
With Kris Bryant (hamstring) on the bench, Ortega will remain in the lineup for the third straight game. Manager David Ross will shift catcher Willson Contreras down one spot in the order and give Ortega a look in the table-setting role, but the 30-year-old's career .292 on-base percentage makes him ill-fitted for those duties.
Ortega went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.
Ortega hit his second home run of the season in the ninth inning with a runner on to cut the deficit to 6-3, but the Cubs ran out of steam in the loss. The 30-year-old outfielder is only batting .167 and isn't playing every day, so despite the good effort, he's off the fantasy radar at the moment.
Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Following his May 26 call-up, Ortega started in seven of his first eight games with the club, going 4-for-24 with a home run. The lack of production appears to have prompted manager David Ross to look elsewhere for help in the outfield; Ortega will be on the bench for a fourth straight game Sunday.
Ortega went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-1 win over San Diego.
In the fourth inning, Ortega was credited with an RBI after reaching on an error that allowed Anthony Rizzo to score. Ortega also collected a stolen base after reaching on a second-inning single. The 30-year-old outfielder has gone just 4-for-24 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in eight games this year. He's now 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Ortega will start in right field and bat sixth Wednesday against the Padres.
Injuries to Jason Heyward (hamstring) and Jake Marisnick (hamstring) have opened up regular at-bats in right field for Ortega, who has cracked the lineup seven times in eight games. With three hits in 20 at-bats over that stretch, Ortega hasn't yet justified much attention outside of NL-only leagues, and he may need to step up his production in the plate in the near future before the Cubs move on to another option in the corner outfield.
Ortega's contract was selected by the Cubs on Wednesday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ortega failed to break camp with the Cubs to begin the year, but he'll join the major-league club after Nico Hoerner (hamstring) was placed on the injured list as part of a corresponding move. The 30-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2019 and should mainly serve in a depth role with the Cubs, but he'll start in left field and bat sixth against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Ortega was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Ortega was in camp on a minor-league deal and never really had a shot to start the season in the majors. He'll likely begin the year with Triple-A Iowa and gives the Cubs some organizational depth this season.
Ortega signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old joined the Braves on a minor-league deal last offseason, but he wasn't included in the team's 60-man player pool and didn't see the field in 2020. Ortega struggled in 34 games for Atlanta in 2019, but he had an .897 OPS with 21 homers in 111 appearances at Triple-A that year.
Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Tuesday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In his first season with the Braves last year, Ortega had limited production, hitting .205/.271/.307 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 34 games. The 28-year-old will get the chance to develop more in the minors in 2020, although it wouldn't be surprising to see him in the majors at some point after he saw major-league action in each of the last two seasons. While the report doesn't say so explicitly, he will likely attend major-league camp for spring training.
Ortega was non-tendered by Atlanta on Monday.
Ortega slashed .205/.271/.307 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 34 games with the Braves in 2019. There's a good chance he'll need to settle for a minor-league deal to get off the open market.
Ortega will be on the Braves' NLDS roster, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Ortega beat out Austin Riley for the final bench spot, though that's due more to his left-handedness than his talent. He hit just .205/.271/.307 in 34 games this season and owns a career .577 OPS.
Ortega went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Mets in 11 innings.
Ortega was able to close out the regular season on a high note, but it may not be enough for him to earn a spot on the Braves' NLDS roster as a reserve outfielder. Heading into Sunday's contest, Ortega was slashing just .108/.195/.135 in September and had seemingly fallen behind Adam Duvall and Billy Hamilton in the outfield pecking order.
Ortega came off the bench to play the final four innings of Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Nationals, going hitless in his lone plate appearance.
Ortega entered the contest as a replacement in right field for Matt Joyce, who was ejected in the top of the fifth for arguing balls and strikes. Though Ortega had seized hold of an everyday role in left field in late August, his weak production at the plate coupled with the recent return of Nick Markakis from the injured list will largely limit the 28-year-old to a reserve role the rest of the way.
Ortega is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.
He is 1-for-20 with seven strikeouts in eight games this month. Johan Camargo is starting in left field and hitting sixth.
Ortega is not starting Tuesday against the Phillies.
Ortega hits the bench after starting the last two games in left field. Austin Riley will get the nod in his place Tuesday.
Ortega remains on the bench Friday against the Nationals.
Ortega will sit for the second game in a row. He could be losing his starting role, something that wouldn't be undeserved, judging by his .224/.297/.310 slash line through 18 games. Austin Riley will get the nod in left field.
Ortega is not in Friday's lineup against the Nationals.
He heads to the bench with southpaw Patrick Corbin starting for Washington. With Austin Riley (knee) getting activated from the injured list there is one more corner outfielder in the mix for Atlanta. Riley will start in right field while Adam Duvall starts in left.
Ortega is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Ortega started five of the last six contests and will head to the bench after going 4-for-21 in that stretch. Adam Duvall will start in left field and bat fifth Sunday for the Braves.
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|2018||AAA-New Orleans Baby Cak||92||280||51||77||10||10||2||28||44||31||12||1||.275||.375||.404|