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Cubs’ Jonathan Villar placed on IL due to freak mouth injury

May 17, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Jonathan Villar (24) celebrates after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Jonathan Villar on the 10-day injured list Monday after he sustained a mouth injury while working out.

According to the Cubs, Villar needs significant dental work after an exercise band snapped back and hit him in the mouth.

The move is retroactive to Friday.

Villar, 31, is batting .239 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games this season.

Villar was placed on the IL prior to Monday’s doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chicago promoted outfielder Nelson Velazquez and right-hander Matt Swarmer from Triple-A Iowa. The 28-yaer-old Swarmer (3-1. 2.08 ERA at Iowa) made his major league debut by starting Game 1.

Velazquez, 23, made his big league debut by starting in right field. He singled in the second inning in his first at-bat.

Right-hander Anderson Espinoza also was recalled to serve as the 27th man for the doubleheader. Right-hander Ethan Roberts (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day IL to open up a 40-man roster spot for the 24-year-old Espinoza.

–Field Level Media