Carl Edwards Jr., Who Is Not on the Wild Card Roster, Has Forearm Discomfort

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Carl Edwards Jr., Who Is Not on the Wild Card Roster, Has Forearm Discomfort

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As the Cubs were playing the Cardinals on Sunday, trying to force a Game 163 against the Brewers, Joe Maddon brought in Carl Edwards Jr. to try to hold down what was already a huge lead. It was another very disappointing appearance, and I remarked that I’m not sure the Cubs could justify carrying him on a postseason roster at this point. It’s a rough turn for such a promising arm, but something has been wrong for a long time:

That is not a guy to whom you can entrust the most important innings in a season.

Sure enough, Edwards was left off today’s Wild Card Game roster, but, more than that, there is an indication that something is indeed wrong – not in Edwards’ mind, but with his arm:

A justification so that a young pitcher doesn’t feel bad about being left off the roster, or a legit issue? Although I might normally lean toward the former, I’m going with the latter in this case, not only because of Edwards’ extreme wildness problems, but also because Sunday’s appearance marked the lowest velocity of his career (he averaged under 93 mph), and continued a trend in that direction since mid-August. Maybe he was trying to improve his command by taking something off, or maybe he was feeling a little something in there.

You certainly get nervous when you hear about a pitcher’s forearm, because of its connection to the elbow. Hopefully there’s nothing serious going on here, but, even if not, Edwards’ season may well be over. It’s hard to imagine the Cubs shelving him today for an ostensible health issue – after a month and a half of deep struggle – and then counting on him as a playoff arm in a short series.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.