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Cubs top prospect Albert Almora breaks hamate bone

Center fielder Albert AlmorCubs’ top pick.

Center fielder Albert Almora, the Cubs’ top pick.

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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.

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