God’s Wrath Finds the Minors: Tommy John Surgery for Robert Whitenack, Trey McNutt Hurt

God has not been content to destroy only the Chicago Cubs. The Lord in His infinite wisdom (and wrathfulness) has now deigned to smite the Cubs’ minor leagues.

The big, awful news: Robert Whitenack is having Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old came largely out of nowhere this year, dominating High A before an early promotion to AA. The Cubs were very much considering him for a September call-up – that’s how quickly and how far he had ascended in the minds of the Cubs’ brass.

But that’s all to be put aside now, and he’ll have to work hard over the next year just to come back.

“It’s a crushing blow and unexpected,” farm director Oneri Fleita told Bruce Miles this morning. “I told him the advantage he has is that he was a step away from Triple-A. He knows how close he is, and that’s going to make him work harder to come back. He’ll be fine. He knows what he’s working for.”

For the year, Whitenack was sporting a 1.93 ERA over 11 starts between Daytona and Tennessee, with a microscopic 0.94 WHIP and 7.0 K/9.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Cubs’ top pitching prospect, Trey McNutt left last night’s game after just two innings of work. Details are a bit sketchy at this point, but Miles says McNutt was involved in a collision while fielding, tried to stay in the game, but eventually had to leave.

I’m almost speechless in my frustration. It’s one thing when a guy who isn’t helping the Cubs win games – and, since they aren’t winning too many this year, that’s pretty much everyone – goes down with an injury. It’s quite another when the young kids we’re supposed to be so excited about right now go down.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

22 responses to “God’s Wrath Finds the Minors: Tommy John Surgery for Robert Whitenack, Trey McNutt Hurt”

  1. Ron

    This is old testament type wrath. To whomever is sleeping wig the goat to break the curse, God is not pleased, please stop.

  2. Raymond Robert Koenig

    McNutt injured in a collision while fielding? He’ll make the Cubs for sure now. They can’t have enough players capable of injuring themselves in unusual ways.

  3. Sean Travis

    Come on, how stupid is it to believe in a billy goat curse?!? Pffft! Anyone who knows baseball history knows it’s really the curse of Fred Merkle.

  4. EQ

    wow… we really must have pissed off the owner of that billy goat back in ’45.

  5. Jeff

    There isn’t a shovel in the world that can dig us out of this mess. I’ve never seen anything like the monumental collapse of this franchise since the playoff losses, it still blows my mind. It’s just one thing after another, and with the way Ricketts talks about things, there really isn’t any kind of silver lining to this team anymore. Colvin, Cashner, Whitenack, McNutt, Jackson; every young guy that I was excited about has been hurt, and/or jerked around by inept management this year. Obligatory knock on wood for the lone bright spot, and I won’t even mention his name, hopefully avoiding getting dragged down with the rest of the mess.

    1. TWC

      We just need to get more left-handed.

      1. EQ

        and a little bit of the warmer weather… that’ll fix everything

  6. Raymond Robert Koenig

    No losses in almost 48 hours.

    1. TWC

      The season is turning around!

  7. Raymond Robert Koenig

    And not have as much bad luck. Or cool weather. Or so many day games.

    1. Sean Travis

      And different umpires.

  8. al

    trey mcnutt=mark prior…..nuff said

    1. Jeff

      Not even close.

    2. deej34

      Not even funny….

  9. Bric

    This is a blessing in disguise. If there are two things I learned about three years ago and the rest of the Bleacher nation has in the last couple of months, they’re: 1.) Don’t Hendrys’ plans for the future and 2.) Don’t believe a word he says.
    Maybe God’s telling us to look on the bright side and fire him now instead of pinning our hopes on the “Cubs getting hot” and “alot of big talent down on the farm” which means Hendry keeps his job through the year. I personally never put much stock in either of these players. We’ve seen enough in the first two months to understand that “great” pitching in the minors and doesn’t neccesary mean “great” pitching in the bigs. But, since Hendry loves excuses, I’m sure he’ll use this one as best he can… “Lokk at al the injuries we’ve had…”
    Sure, but what about the poor defense and hitting with RISP? He’ll just dodge that question like he always does.