Cubs top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards to have MRI
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter April 24, 2014 10:18PM
Updated: May 26, 2014 6:44AM
The Cubs’ top pitching prospect, C.J. Edwards, is scheduled to have an MRI on his ailing right shoulder Friday morning after being examined by team orthopedist Stephen Gryzlo on Thursday.
Team officials said it was too early to speculate on the extent of the possible injury.
Edwards, who pitched a season-high six innings Sunday in a victory for Class AA Tennessee, experienced tightness in the shoulder during a scheduled side session Wednesday.
Baseball America’s 28th-ranked prospect overall is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts with 20 strikeouts in 202/3 innings.
Edwards, acquired in the Matt Garza trade from the Texas Rangers last July, is expected to be the fourth prospect to go on the disabled list already among the Cubs’ top six.
Class AAA shortstop Javy Baez (ankle) and Class AA pitcher Pierce Johnson (hamstring) have returned to playing. Class A outfielder Jorge Soler (hamstring) still is rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz.
Soler and another top-five prospect, Albert Almora, missed significant time because of injuries last year.
“Having these guys healthy is a huge part of it,” general manager Jed Hoyer said of the Cubs’ ground-up rebuilding process. “The more at-bats they get, the more innings they throw, the more they learn.
“You can’t develop guys [on] the bench. I almost feel like I’d rather see a guy struggle than to see a guy hurt. A struggle can be a learning experience. I feel like injuries, there’s no benefit from a guy not playing.”
That didn’t last long. That spectacle of a 400-pound “Edible Confines” cake the famed Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, created to look like Wrigley Field for the ballpark’s centennial?
Almost as quickly as it was shown off for VIP
partygoers at the annual Bricks and Ivy Ball at the Field Museum on Wednesday night, it was unceremoniously tossed in a dumpster Thursday morning.
The Cubs issued a statement Thursday, saying they “are disappointed in how our Wrigley Field display cake was disposed of by the Field Museum following our successful charity event. The team made a decision not to serve the edible portion after the cake was on display outside Wrigley Field for most of the day. Though the cake was mostly made up of non-edible material, it certainly does not excuse how a celebratory cake artfully created by Buddy Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery was handled.”
As expected, the Cubs put outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the DL because of a Grade 2 hamstring strain suffered in Wednesday’s game.
◆ Right-hander Blake Parker was optioned to Class AAA Iowa, and the Cubs recalled two rookie relievers, left-hander Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez.