Dansby Swanson’s availability for All-Star Game, Cubs’ series vs. Yankees in question

Swanson bruised his left heel trying to beat out a double play on Wednesday.

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Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson left the game Wednesday with a bruised left heel.

Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson left the game Wednesday with a bruised left heel.

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MILWAUKEE — Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson isn’t sure how long his bruised left heel will keep him sidelined. He said after the Cubs’ 6-5 loss to the Brewers on Thursday that he didn’t know if he’d return for any of the Cubs’ games in New York this weekend or play in the All-Star Game next week.

“We knew coming into today that it would probably be a little bit sore and aggravated and didn’t want to make any rash decisions,” Swanson said. “So it’s something that we definitely will have discussions about over the next day or so.”

Swanson hurt the heel Wednesday in the fifth inning of the Cubs’ 4-3 comeback victory. He hit a sharp ground ball to third base and, while trying to beat out the double play, was caught between a lunge and a normal stride and landed awkwardly.

He remained in the game for the next couple of innings but exited before the bottom half of the seventh. Nico Hoerner moved from second base to shortstop, and Christopher Morel slid over to second. That’s how they started Thursday’s game, as well.

“Feels better than expected,” manager David Ross said. “I think he expected it to be pretty bad, knowing he had dealt with this [before].”

In 2019, Swanson suffered a similar injury to his right foot. He was on the injured list for a month.

“A little bit sore today,” Swanson said, “but, overall, I definitely feel like I’m in a better place than I was then.”

Swanson expects to have a “clearer picture” Friday after seeing how his heel reacts to the flight to New York and a full day of rest.

With the All-Star break coming up, if the Cubs put Swanson on the 10-day injured list, he would be eligible to return after missing only six games.

“He does have a sense of how bad it got when he pushed it last time,” Ross said. “So we’re going to try to balance that.”

Stroman out of All-Star Game

Right-hander Marcus Stroman reiterated after the game that he has decided not to play in the All-Star Game, as he told the Sun-Times on Wednesday. He added Thursday that he wasn’t sure if he’d make the trip to Seattle.

“It’s been a lot since the [World Baseball Classic] coming into this year, I’ve made every start — which I’m thankful for, grateful for everyone that’s been involved,” Stroman said, highlighting members of the Cubs’ high-performance staff. “It’s been a huge process. So very thankful for everybody who’s helped me get to this point. But definitely looking forward to having a little bit of a break, restore my energy, clear my mind and have a good second half.”

Stroman made two starts for Puerto Rico in the WBC this spring and had his major-league-leading 19th start Thursday, allowing four runs in five innings.

Arizona report

Reliever Nick Burdi has worked up to throwing long toss at the Cubs’ Arizona spring-training complex. Burdi had an appendectomy in late May. The Cubs transferred him to the 60-day injured list last month, so he won’t be eligible to be activated for another couple of weeks.

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