cj edwards daytona cubsYou just don’t want to see any of those words up there in the same sentence.

Gordon Wittenmyer reports that top Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards arrived in Chicago yesterday to see a team doctor (today) after experiencing shoulder discomfort in a throwing session this week.

We don’t know much – Wittenmyer adds that Edwards didn’t seem to think the issue was serious, but players often don’t – and we might not hear too much for a while. This really might be a minor matter, but he didn’t come to Chicago for nothing. We’ll see if Edwards is placed on the 7-day DL, which wouldn’t necessarily be terrifying (it’s just one missed start), and we’ll see if we get any kind of substantive update this week. Shoulder “discomfort” covers a wide range of things, but, obviously, shoulder issues are inherently concerning.

That’s all I’ve got: don’t freak out just yet. It could be something. It could be nothing.

  • bbmoney

    Well the punches to the nuts just keep on coming.

  • jackalope

    Uh oh.

  • Q-Ball

    Well, let’s see, but injuries are why you can never have too many pitching prospects.

    Shoulder problems, if there is a problem, are the absolute worst

  • baldtaxguy

    Not freaking out, but….poo!!

  • jp3

    Ughhhh…. Right when we get pierce Johnson back.

  • jp3

    Well, Jake Arrieta shouldn’t have a problem finding a place to make his last warm up start

  • ssckelley

    To late, I am freaking out.


    I blame Theo.

    • Napercal

      I blame Hendry!

      • thoskam

        I blame Dusty!

  • nate1m

    After seeing CJ Edward’s should doctors report it will cause batters serious discomfort.

    I used all the words in a sentence I hope to be reading shortly

  • Spoda17

    After reading this… I have brain discomfort…

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    While Cub fans might be freaking out, can you imagine how Edwards must be feeling? Bet he didn’t get much sleep last night. Poor kid.

    Pitching is just brutal on the arm. There’s nothing natural about the movement, and it seems like every pitcher that comes up is just counting down to either rotator cuff issues or TJ surgery. It’s a good thing that he told the organization about the discomfort, because I’m sure lots of guys don’t, and just pray that it goes away, only to make it worse.

    Let’s hope he’s okay.

    • jp3

      I agree, that’s a tough line of work being a year and a half can be taken from them on 1 pitch

    • Brocktoon

      I’ll probably forever picture Matt Harvey on the Mets bench last year being comforted by another pitcher shortly after he got his TJS diagnosis. Rough.

  • augiepb

    Sounds about right. Grab a cup if coffee sit down to procrastinate on work and read this little nugget. Stay hot Cubbies!

  • Edwin

    Also: your goldfish just died.

    • bbmoney

      Shoot. I didn’t even know I had a goldfish. What a day the hits just keep rolling.

  • Mike

    Oh, it must be like Christmas morning for Wittenmeyer to get to report this.

    • CubsFaninMS

      Oh, Wittenmeyer gets a stiffie anytime he can report anything of negative value regarding the Cubs.

    • JulioZuleta

      Stopped reading/following him a year or so ago. For a while, it was kind of funny and entertaining to see how pathetic his coverage had become. Then it just got annoying.

  • ced landrum

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rat farts

    • jp3


      • Edwin


  • Blackhawks1963

    This is why Theo is right in saying the Cubs need “waves and waves of pitching” in the system. Also, why the old acumen, “there is no such thing as a team having too much good pitching,” is right on the money.

    • jp3

      Yeah and our 2nd highest rated pitching prospect is far from the picture of health as far as his arm goes. Hell that’s the reason we were able to get him in the supplemental round.

    • Head and Heart

      Living up in Canada I am subjected to lots of Blue Jay games. So far this year they have looked like a contender except for their starters have been brutal. Hopefully that continues as Hammel and Shark look good for the Cubs. The Jays have a lot of interesting arms in the lower levels that could help provide a wave of pitching in the future.

  • Kyle

    They always say it doesn’t seem like a big deal before the examination. We’ll find out for sure on the MRI.

    Edwards’ durability is going to be a question mark for a long time.

    • Head and Heart

      To be fair basically every pitcher’s durability will be a question mark for most of their career. It’s just the size of the question mark that varies.

      • Kyle

        So we can probably assume from context that when it’s said specifically about a pitcher, we mean “bigger than other pitchers.”

        • Head and Heart

          I don’t like to assume based on context. I like to pick up on exactly what someone said explicitly and pretend I don’t understand what they really meant. 😉

          Just kidding. You’re right. I’ve decided to assume every pitcher will always get hurt all the time. Really freed me up as a fan.

          • Edwin

            The next step is to assume that every single prospect will fail all the time.

            • Head and Heart

              agreed 100%. And it isn’t a tough step for me to make because I had a lot invested in Pie, Patterson, Jackson and Vitters. To name but a few. I like to see how guys are developing and dream on their futures. I love reading Luke’s minor league recaps. But I do now to the position that any prospect that turns into a good player is a surprise. Just to protect my heart and again free myself up.

            • Kyle

              Honestly, if you want to be right as often as possible, it’s not a terrible plan.

              • Edwin

                It’s served me well so far.

              • ssckelley

                A plan you follow to a T.

                • Kyle


  • NorthSideIrish

    keithlaw ‏@keithlaw 6m
    ECU right hander Jeff Hoffman will miss at least his next two starts after experiencing arm soreness during a side session yesterday.

    Cubs can get his replacement in the draft…

    • jp3

      Hoffman Cubs 2nd round. Boom

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Shiiiiiit. You don’t like to see any of the top options going down at this point, since the Cubs pick 4th.

      • jp3

        Yeah, it really sucks that there aren’t any big college bats available. Picking pitchers early scares me more and more. I wish it was easier to pick high school bats with certainty but who knows with those guys. Bubba starling, Donovan Tate ect ect

        • NorthSideIrish

          College bats are probably the safest bet, but I’m not sure there’s a college bat in the Top 10 in this draft. I go back and forth between taking a bat like Jackson at the top being safer or if the Cubs need to take a pitcher to make sure the system has high quality arms when injuries inevitably occur.

          This year’s run of arm injuries has a lot of people nervous about drafting a pitcher, but the Cubs will take BPA no matter what and I don’t think they’d be afraid to choose a pitcher if that is the top player left on their board.

          • jp3

            I agree that there aren’t any good choices for college bats at the top of the draft which gives me a sad. I’m with you in that I think picking 4th you’ve got to go with Jackson’s upside or take the arm you like the best. Oh well, we’re going to suck bad enough this year to pick one of the best college bats next year seeing we’ll be picking in the top 5 again.

  • ssckelley

    Another reason why I keep pining for Alex Jackson at #4 in this June’s draft, if he is still available.

    • Chad

      I’m not a fan of drafting pitchers if there is a clear bat that is elite like Bryant last year, but I don’t put Jackson in that mold. Of course I don’t think any of the pitchers are at the level of Appel or Gray last year. However, it is difficult to get an ace if you don’t draft one of the top pitching prospects. Yes they can get injured or you can find a diamond in the rough, but odds are higher to find that TOR arm at the top of the draft. I will be happy with what ever the cubs do (unless it is Trae Turner) at #4

      • ssckelley

        The ship has sailed on Trea Turner, he is not even considered the top college bat at this point.

        I think the only difference between Jackson and Bryant is that Bryant was less of a risk and more refined as a college bat versus Jackson who we will have to be a little more patient with with a greater chance of flame out. Granted big differences here, but pitching aces can be found and developed through out the draft. Of the top arms available the Cubs only get to draft 1 of them at #4, to me that is too big of a gamble. I say continue to take the top bat available and take chances with the other top 10 rounds to take pitching.

        However, if another team takes Jackson before #4 then I am hoping Rodon has fallen to the Cubs. Outside of Jackson I do not see another bat worthy of a top 5 pick, unless the Cubs want to try and save some pool money to take more chances later in the draft.

  • Bill

    This is a bummer as the following report seems to always be, “MRI shows shoulder damage, surgery required”. Ugh.

    Now I’m not sure I want the Cubs to take a pitcher with the number 4 pick.

    BTW, why does MLB not allow teams to trade draft picks? I know it’s part of the CBA, but why? This might be a perfect year for the Cubs to trade that number 4 pick for a later pick in the first round and an additional pick in the 2nd and 3rd round (or something like that). Every other major sport lets teams trade draft picks, so I’ve never understood why baseball doesn’t.

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