For those who were, like me, a little unmoored by this morning’s note that Cubs pitching prospect Pierce Johnson had been shut down and placed on “limited activity only,” you can exhale. It isn’t an arm injury.
Gordon Wittenmyer spoke with Jason McLeod about Johnson, and McLeod confirmed that Johnson has been sidelined with a tight hamstring. That could delay Johnson’s debut at AA Tennessee, but it’s not expected to cause him to miss multiple starts.
As is the case with guys on the big league side – as we’ve seen with Starlin Castro and Jake Arrieta – the Spring is the time for taking it easy with injury recovery. Pushing things now to get in an extra week or two early in the year could wind up costing a month or two later.