Cubs taking a conservative approach with injured prospects

Cubs taking a conservative approach with injured prospects
June 16, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

This is something of a worst-case scenario for the Cubs.

With a magnifying glass on the minor-league system and a big-league team with the fewest losses in Major League Baseball, the last thing the Cubs needed was a bunch of injuries to their top prospects.

Five of the organization's Top 21 prospects have missed time in Double-A Tennessee - Jorge Soler (hamstrings), C.J. Edwards (shoulder), Pierce Johnson (hamstring, calf), Corey Black (hand) and Ivan Pineyro (forearm).

Of course, it could be worse.

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"When you have such a rash of problems going on with us, it kind of throws everything out of whack," Double-A Tennessee manager Buddy Bailey told Mick Gillispie. "But the good thing is, it doesn't sound like anybody at this point in time has the urgency to have surgery.

"It's just gonna be more conservative process to take our time to get them back and that's probably the smart move...We hope that all of those guys can get back here in the next month or so."

Soler has only appeared in seven games this year, with injuries to each leg. Edwards, the organization's top pitching prospect acquired in the Matt Garza deal last year, has made just four starts.

Luckily, Kris Bryant has remained healthy, providing enough optimism for the entire franchise with his ridiculous 1.160 OPS in Tennessee.

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"It's a case-by-case basis," said Jason McLeod, Cubs senior VP of player development and scouting. "Nobody wants to see guys miss time like that. Certainly, the players don't. It's frustrating for everybody.

"We still have the plan to go back to and say, in the grand scheme of things, we still have these strengths and weaknesses. We still want to turn those weaknesses into strengths. We always have an eye and a goal on that."