Outfielder Michael Hermosillo has been out of the Cubs’ lineup for a few days while nursing an injury to his left forearm.
Acting manager Andy Green said Hermosillo isn’t sure how the injury occurred, but the Cubs are being cautious with him. Hermosillo, 26, is hitting .194/.237/.500 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 17.
‘‘He’s had a little bit of a banged-up forearm the last few days,’’ Green said before the Cubs’ seven-game winning streak ended in a loss Tuesday to the Reds. ‘‘We’re checking him day by day at this point. . . . I think [manager David Ross], after talking to the trainers yesterday, felt it best to leave him out of the lineup today and see how he continues to progress.
‘‘He doesn’t really know [how he hurt it]. He took a lot of swings the day before, getting ready to come off the bench, went in and played. Felt fine, didn’t have anything. Came in the next day a little bit swollen, a little bit sore. We’ve been watching it ever since then.’’
Winning streak ends at seven
The Cubs’ seven-game winning streak — the longest in the majors entering the day — ended in a 4-3 loss to the Reds.
They fell behind early after starter Adrian Sampson surrendered first-inning home runs to Jonathan India and Nick Castellanos.
The Cubs trailed 4-1 in the eighth before making things interesting on solo homers by pinch hitter Rafael Ortega and Ian Happ to cut their deficit to 4-3, but that was as close as they would get.
Schwindel NL Player of the Week
The awards are coming in bunches for first baseman Frank Schwindel, who was named National League Player of the Week after being named NL Rookie of the Month in August. Schwindel has been on a tear since being recalled from Iowa on July 29.
Schwindel, 29, hit .462 with five homers, 12 RBI and a 1.538 OPS from Aug. 30 through Sunday. He entered the game Monday hitting .374 with 10 homers, 30 RBI and a 1.120 OPS in 33 games since joining the Cubs.
‘‘He’s one of those guys that can put the barrel on the ball wherever it’s thrown,’’ Green said. ‘‘If you got a hole [in your swing] at this level, they’re gonna find it. Everybody’s got some places that are not as good as other places, but he really does have a pretty special ability to find the barrel of the bat on any pitch in any zone at any time, which makes it really good late in the game.
‘‘A lot of people can’t control those emotions and can’t find the barrel in crucial situations, and he’s continuing to prove that he does have that ability.’’
Right fielder Jason Heyward was scratched from the lineup with cramps in his right hamstring. He was replaced by Alfonso Rivas, who got the start in left field. Patrick Wisdom shifted from left field to right.
He said it
Catcher Willson Contreras, on older players taking advantage of opportunities: ‘‘I know that a few guys have been with different organizations, and right now they have the opportunity to be every-day players with the Cubs and they’re doing amazing. I don’t think anyone expected them to be as good as they are right now.
‘‘I know I said in an earlier interview that we have really good talent because I see that. And the way they’re playing right now is nothing but amazing. . . . I haven’t felt this energy in a really long time.’’