Let’s just get the unnerving stuff out of the way first thing in the morning, eh?
According to multiple reports, top Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards is going to get an MRI on the shoulder that bothered him earlier this week during a throwing session. Some reports have described what he felt as “discomfort,” others have said “fatigue” or “stiffness” – but they’re all really saying the same thing: something didn’t feel quite right in his shoulder.
Edwards came to Chicago this week, and met with team doctor Stephen Gryzlo yesterday. After that meeting, the shoulder MRI was scheduled for today.
Does that mean we panic? Usually, you don’t get to the MRI stage unless there’s already a fair suspicion that something is amiss. However, you’ve got to keep in mind that we’re talking about (1) the 22-year-old top pitching prospect in the Cubs’ system, (2) who has a very slight frame, and (3) who is having some kind of shoulder (not any other part of the arm) issue. In that situation, it kinda feels like you get the MRI no matter what, just to get as much information as you can. You hope that it comes up clean, but, even if it doesn’t, it’s better to know now what’s going on in there.
In other words, the mere fact that Edwards is getting an MRI today, alone, isn’t a reason to sound the alarms. Shoulders are obviously the scariest place for an injury in a pitcher, but that also probably means it’s the place where you take the most precautions.
Anything else I, or anyone, could offer before learning the results of the MRI would be unwarranted speculation. Just cross those fingers.