The Cubs are waiting for more information on C.J. Edwards, their top pitching prospect who’s said to be feeling some tightness in his right shoulder.
Edwards traveled to Chicago on Thursday and was examined by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, with an MRI scheduled for Friday morning. The Cubs will have a better read on the shoulder issue at that point.
As a precaution, Edwards had to shut down his last side session with Double-A Tennessee, where he’s gone 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts, showing the stuff that made him the centerpiece in last summer’s Matt Garza trade with the Texas Rangers.
A 48th-round pick in the 2011 draft, Edwards has emerged as Baseball America’s No. 28 overall prospect. His skinny frame – he’s listed at 6-foot-2, 155 pounds in the media guide – has led to questions about his durability. He has also put up 260 strikeouts in 204 career innings in the minors.
The Cubs understand they will need good health and a certain amount of luck as they rebuild through the farm system.
“You can’t develop off the bench,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I almost feel like I’d rather see a guy struggle than see a guy hurt, because the struggle can be a learning experience and there’s no benefit from a guy not playing.”
The Cubs are hoping Jorge Soler (hamstring) will be able to return to game action soon. The $30 million Cuban outfielder has been doing baseball activities at the team’s Arizona complex.
The Cubs have been keeping Arodys Vizcaino on a controlled program at advanced Class-A Daytona as the 23-year-old right-hander comes back after missing the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Daytona outfielder Albert Almora recently underwent a procedure stop nosebleeds. Injuries limited the 2012 first-round pick to only 61 games last season.
“Having these guys healthy is a huge part of it,” Hoyer said, “because the more at-bats they get, the more innings they throw, the more they learn.”