Cubs Ace Justin Steele Sends 6-Word Message After Exiting With Injury

On March 22, the Chicago Cubs faced the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League game. Justin Steele, the Cubs' ace, started the game but left early due to a leg injury.

Steele turned to social media to share an update on his injury. His six-word response suggested he was more concerned about his March Madness bracket than his leg.

Steele made his fourth Cactus League appearance of 2024 before being cut short. Steele has a 4.91 ERA in four starts spanning 11.0 innings. 

 Steele was chosen the Cubs' opening-day starter on March 9. According to's Jordan Bastian, the March 22 game was intended as his "final tune-up" before opening day.

In 2014, the Cubs drafted Steele out of George County High School. He didn't make his big league debut until 2021. Steele will make his first career opening-day start in 2023, following years in the minor leagues.

"It's not always going to look pretty. According to Bastian, Steele mentioned on March 9 that it isn't always going to be how you expected. 

 "But sometimes you've just got to put your head down, get through the tough times, and the light's always brighter at the end of the tunnel."

Last season, the Cubs were ninth in the majors in terms of ERA. They have the potential to improve even further in 2024, led by Steele and Imanaga.

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