Cubs Injury Notes: Morrow, Caratini, Barnette, Alzolay, Hoerner

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Cubs Injury Notes: Morrow, Caratini, Barnette, Alzolay, Hoerner

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A parade of Cubs injury notes and updates to share, as various dudes approach various next steps, and then my thoughts to follow …

Some thoughts:

  • With Taylor Davis almost certainly catching Yu Darvish’s start today, your watch for Caratini to return begins as soon as tomorrow. That was just an incredibly fast recovery from a broken hamate bone.
  • ***IF*** Morrow is able to begin a throwing program in two weeks, he ***MIGHT*** be able to ramp up to live hitting a month after that, and then he ***MIGHT*** be able to go on a minor league rehab stint. That would pace him for a ***POSSIBLE*** big league debut after the All-Star break (and, notably, before the Trade Deadline). The Cubs would be crazy to count on any of that, of course, let alone Morrow immediately being impactful after missing a calendar year with multiple issues.
  • Barnette has been very good the last few years when healthy, but when a 35-year-old pitcher misses a lot of time with a shoulder issue, you are necessarily nervous that the contributions in the future just won’t be there. We’ll see if he emerges as a second-half (or sooner) option.
  • Speaking of guys who could potentially contribute in the second half, let’s all joyfully keep an eye on Adbert Alzolay, one of the Cubs’ top pitching prospects, who made only eight starts last year at AAA before losing the rest of his season to a lat injury. He then hurt his side in Spring Training, so it’s been almost a year since he’s pitched at AAA. Good luck on Friday, young man.
  • Finally, a Nico Hoerner update! The top Cubs positional prospect was raking at AA in a very challenging first full-year assignment when he took a pitch off the wrist/hand almost a month ago. There was no break, but obviously the Cubs have taken it very, very slowly with his return. It’s nice to have extended Spring Training games available – a more controlled environment – if and when they want to test him out against live pitching before sending him back to Tennessee.

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Author: Brett Taylor

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