Cubs top prospect Albert Almora breaks hamate bone
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org March 14, 2013 11:19PM
Center fielder Albert Almora, the Cubs’ top pick.
Updated: March 14, 2013 11:46PM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The waiting game for at least one of the Cubs’ top prospects just got a few weeks longer.
Outfielder Albert Almora, the first draft pick of the Theo Epstein regime, tweeted Thursday night that he broke the hamate bone, presumably in his left hand. It’s a fairly common injury in hitters’ bottom hand.
“Not a good day! Broke my hamate bone!” he tweeted.
Almora broke the bone swinging a bat and will require minor surgery. The Cubs said he will need three-to-four weeks before resuming baseball activity.
Almora is projected to open the season at Class A Kane County, and he’ll begin on the disabled list. He should return to game action in late May.