nomar injured cubsThere are a variety of injuries and injury updates to discuss …

  • It sounds like David DeJesus’s recovery from a shoulder sprain is going well, although he tells that he’s not sure he’ll be able to surprise folks and make it back before the All-Star break in mid-July. DeJesus isn’t doing any baseball activities yet, but he’s been relieved to have avoided surgery. If DeJesus does return at the All-Star break and shows he’s healthy in the final two and a half weeks of July, the Cubs will probably at least have the option of shopping DeJesus (without a reduction in value) at the Trade Deadline. Whether you want the Cubs to keep DeJesus or not – he’s a great clubhouse guy and a great approach guy, and the Cubs hold a $6.5 million option on him for 2014 – you want the Cubs to at least have the option of dealing him.
  • Brett Jackson, who was dismissed as a replacement on the big team when DeJesus went down, wouldn’t have been able to replace DeJesus for long anyway, as he’s just gone on the DL with a calf strain. It’s been a tough year for Jackson, who missed time earlier with turf toe and a shoulder injury, and is hitting justĀ .223/.300/.367 with 77 strikeouts in 242 plate appearances.
  • Jorge Soler’s shin/calf soreness, which landed him on the DL last week, still has him out of action, although he was eligible to come off of the DL several days ago. No one expressed any concern when Soler started missing games, and Cubs Scouting and Player Development Chief Jason McLeod has described the issue as mere “soreness,” per Soler could start playing again any day now, and you can understand the Cubs wanting to make sure he’s completely pain free before starting games – a little soreness in the shin could lead to worsened injury or an entirely separate injury if he’s favoring that leg.
  • McLeod also discussed Josh Vitters’ ongoing injury issues with, saying that Vitters has had some kind of un-specified setback in his Arizona rehab (McLeod would only say that Vitters is “battling some nicks and bruises”), and there’s no time table for his return to AAA Iowa. It really sucks for Vitters, who needed the 2013 season to show that his ugly debut in the big leagues last year was the fluke, not his excellent 2012 season at Iowa. This year is quickly becoming a lost one for the 23-year-old.
  • Lastly from McLeod on the prospect injury front, we’ve finally got something solid on Cuban pitching prospect Gerardo Concepcion, who’s been missing all year. We knew that he was in Arizona rehabbing some kind of injury, but that was about it. McLeod says Concepcion is dealing with back issues, and will not pitch until the instructional league this Fall. Back issues can certainly be serious, and maybe Concepcion had surgery that put him out of action of several months. It would be fair to guess, though, that given Concepcion’s rough transition to the States last year (and subsequent sickness with mono), the Cubs may not have wanted Concepcion pitching in a league this year anyway. Instructional ball might be the best thing for him after an injury/sickness recovery, and the Cubs can really work with him. He’s only 21.
  • Bilbo161

    Every time I ask I get the silent treatment so clearly no one knows. What about Bruno?

    • davidalanu

      Only thing I can find is that he’s still on the 7 day DL with Daytona. No news of return date or rehab assignment in AZ.

    • Spriggs

      …I don’t have to talk, either, man! See how you like it. Just total f’in’ silence….. Two can play at that game, smart guy….. We’ll just see how you like it. Total silence.


      • DarthHater

        Where is pancakes house?

        • Spriggs

          Oh, Daddy! … Oh, Daddy!

        • Spriggs

          I guess it should be “Whoa” “Whoa, Daddy!”

          followed by:
          “you’re a smooth – smooth”

      • Bilbo161

        So, you don’t know either. That’s what I thought.

  • cubchymyst

    The constant Injuries to Jackson and Vitters have been disappointing to say the least. I wonder how much of Jackson’s performance is due to trying to play through injuries. Both of them seem to be having a lost year and they were suppose to be the ones closest to help out after the trade deadline. With those two possibly on the outside looking in which prospects are most likely to get a look the 2nd half of the season? I really don’t see Lake or Watkins getting much of a look before September.

    • cubsin

      Don’t forget, Lake has a world-class arm. He may be our best pitcher after the All-Star break.

      • cubbie blue thru n thru

        They would never convert someone to a pitcher mid season especially when he’s tearing up AAA. only way lake converts to a pitcher is if he’s flames out in the bigs

        • Jp3

          I’m fairly certain he was joking about him pitching. May the bellyful w be with him

        • sclem21

          your sarcasm detector needs to be re-tuned, man

    • BluBlud

      I think Lake could be a call up, depending on who gets traded. I think with Lilli-Flower gone, he is the next in line for a call up if needed. Watkins will probably be up too, before the end of the season. I would not be suprised to see Watkins, Lake, Szczur, Coleman, Raley, Schlitter, Sappelt and a few others called up in September.

      • cubchymyst

        I was thinking of position players who might come up after the trade deadline or before September. I think Lake stays down for everyday reps and Watkins only comes up if Barney gets traded. 3rd base and Outfield were the two most likely spots for a prospect to be called up midseason or at the trade deadline and get daily reps with the Cubs. Jackson and Vitters both seem to be unable to recover from injuries this year, and now I don’t see a prospect coming up until the rosters expand.

    • Spriggs

      I doubt if injuries had much to do with Jackson’s struggles. Never thought I’d say it, but It’s getting close to being time to stick the fork in Mr Jackson.

  • Spencer

    I totally forgot that Concepcion existed as a human being. That’s another lost cause, so far.

  • mudge

    Scott Baker still looking at August return?

  • Chad

    What specifically makes an injured player less valuable on the trade market. I can understand in injury prone guys like a Hanley Ramirez, Tulowitzky or even Garza over the last year. But why wouldn’t another team think DeJesus will be as good as new when he returns from injury? Why would his price tag drop?

    • DarthHater

      I think it’s more a question of timing. Most teams would choose to wait and see that the guy really is as good as new, rather than take an unnecessary risk. And if you’re a team looking for immediate help this season, you may want to know that the player is as good as new right now. With an injury that affects swinging the bat or throwing, it can take a while to get fully back, even if you are ultimately as good as new.

      • Chad

        I see your point, but if he can pass a physical when he is eligible to come off the DL, his baseball skills will have not vanished or even deteriorated. And if he plays well and healthy for a good week shouldn’t his trade value remain the same as it was before the injury. Same with Garza. Even though he only has half a year of control, if he continues to pitch lights out for the next 3 weeks shouldn’t his trade value be as much as last year when he was pitching about the same if not a bit worse?

        • Spriggs

          It’s just a matter of there being a question about total health and whether he can contribute at 100% right from the time of the trade. If there is doubt, it will knock down his value some.

  • Kenster

    Horrible horrible timing for Jackson and Vitters. At the beginning of the year I was hoping they would both be able to contribute the second half of the year.

    • Jay

      How do you get nicks and bruises while rehabbing? Geez—that sounds like something that would happen to Rondell White…..

  • Kenster

    I was also hoping for Lake to come up for the 6 game stand with the DH and send him back down for presumably Sappelt (groan). Not saying he would DH but maybe play 3rd or Left. It would be nice to see him play 3rd, Valbuena shift to 2nd, and Barney play SS, while Castro DH’s. It would give him a breather on the field and a little more rest to focus on his AB’s. Not a crazy idea but I doubt they would do that (groan again)

  • Cub Style

    I hear Concepcion is dealing with being bad at pitching issues.

  • indy0314

    What is going on with Scott Baker???

    • willis

      Probably nothing. I said a few weeks ago I doubt we see him much at all this year. He may get a few starts down the stretch, but I’m beginning to doubt even that. Hell of a signing.

      Vizcaino had another elbow procedure and isn’t throwing. So you ain’t going to see him either.

  • nkniacc13

    Anything on Baker, Liam and Vizciano?