MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs spun it as a positive for elite prospect Eloy Jimenez, the MRI and CT scan revealing a bone bruise and no structural damage to his right shoulder.
"All in all, we feel like it's pretty good news," general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday at the Sloan Park complex. "We'll get this right and get him back out there."
The Cubs plan to shut down Jimenez for three weeks and then restart a throwing program, which will probably leave him in extended spring training. Once medically cleared and operating at game speed, advanced Class-A Myrtle Beach would be a logical landing spot for Jimenez, who's only 20 years old and a consensus top-15 prospect in the industry.
Jimenez hadn't played since a March 14 Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Mesa. Hoyer pointed to the awkward throw that Jimenez made from left field – the ball wound up in the seats behind the third-base dugout – as "sort of the straw that broke the camel's back."
"Changing his mechanics a little bit is something we'll probably work on," Hoyer said, "just making sure in the future he doesn't do that. He had been a little bit sore before. That sort of pushed things over the edge."
Hoyer laughed when a reporter asked a follow-up question using manager Joe Maddon's comparisons: Do you think Jimenez is more like Miguel Cabrera or Edgar Martinez?
"I try not to attach many players to prospects," Hoyer said. "It never seems like it works out that well in the future when you guys remind us of these comments.
"But I love his balance. For a big guy like that at such a young age, his recognition's really good. And with a lot of guys with that kind of power, I feel like there's some wild swinging that goes on. With him, it doesn't seem like it's ever wild swinging.
"It's very in control, which is very much like his personality. When you talk to him, he's very measured. He's calm in the box. I think that really helps him."