David Bote to Be Evaluated Further, But "Appears to Be Trending in the Right Direction"

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David Bote to Be Evaluated Further, But “Appears to Be Trending in the Right Direction”

Chicago Cubs

There are still some next steps for David Bote, who was hit in the helmet by a Madison Bumgarner pitch yesterday. So far, though, so good:

The tricky thing about ascertaining details when a guy gets domed at the very start of Spring Training is that if things were bad, the Cubs would be proceeding very cautiously. If things were not that bad, the Cubs would also be proceeding very cautiously. So, things are … probably not bad?

Given Bote’s anticipated role as the back-up shortstop at the start of the season, yes, you’d like to see him getting some in-game reps there before the Spring is up. Probably lots of reps. But you’re not going to freak out in late February and push him to return too quickly after taking one off the noggin. Even if he seems fine. Even if the doctors say he’s fine. Even if he’s desperately certain that he’s fine. You just take your time.

Here’s the pitch and the aftermath, if you care to see:



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.